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May 17 is the Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia

May 17 is the Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia
“Alliances for Solidarity” is the theme of this year’s Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia.   The Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia & Biphobia “was created in 2004 to draw the attention of policymakers, opinion leaders, social movements, the public and the media t[...]

Thank you for the work you do! Celebrating Correctional Services Week, May 13-19, 2018

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This week we are taking some time to recognize our members who provide Correctional Services in Nova Scotia. Correctional Services include services provided by Correctional Officers, Probation Officers, youth workers, social workers, case-management and program staff, and support staff in adult a[...]

Local 55 - Workers' Compensation Board Bargaining Update: Strike Vote Information

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Dear Local 55 members; Please click here to view and download the strike information package Your Bargaining Committee Needs a strike vote from all members of Local 55 to reach a fair agreement for all members. After thirteen (13) days at the bargaining table, your Bargaining Committee has [...]

NSGEU Pleased to Announce New Office of Workplace Mental Health for Civil Service Members

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“I am very pleased to announce a joint initiative with the Public Service Commission (PSC) - a new Office of Workplace Mental Health for our Civil Service members,” says Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU). “As a union, we support our membe[...]

Health Care Bargaining Strike Vote Update

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After two very successful telephone town hall meetings it's clear that people are tired of being attacked and are ready to send a strong message to the Employers and Stephen McNeil that it's time to take our negotiations seriously. To those that participated in our town halls, either by listening[...]

Domestic Violence Unpaid Leave: A Good First Step, But Can Victims Afford To Take It?

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Today, the Liberal McNeil government tabled legislation, Bill No. 107, that will amend the Labour Standards Code to include the right to unpaid leave if you or your child/dependent is a victim of domestic violence. You can view the legislation here: https://bit.ly/2Goy82F Although we applaud this[...]

Message to NSGEU Members working in School Boards re: Inclusive Education Report

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Dear NSGEU members working in provincial school boards, As you may be aware, the government released its report on Inclusive Education, Inclusive Education Commission Report, on March 26. Unfortunately, we were not consulted during the research or writing of this report and are frankly a bit a[...]

Labour Board will finalize IWK Essential Services Plan

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Today, March 27, the Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions is asking the Nova Scotia Labour Board to settle all remaining issues and finalize the IWK Essential Services Agreement. The Council of Unions has reached the conclusion that the remaining issues can not be resolved through negotiatio[...]

McNeil Budget Misses the Mark

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Election night, May 30, 2017.  Re-elected Premier Stephen McNeil, after seeing his majority government significantly reduced, said, “I want to assure you that I’ve heard you and I’ve listened.”  On that night he promised to be the Premier for all Nova Scotians. Since that night the McNeil Liberal[...]

Power has been restored. NSGEU office will open at 11 a.m.

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Power has been restored to the NSGEU building and the office will open at 11 a.m. today. Thank you for your patience and understanding. Safe travels.[...]

NSGEU Applauds NDP Bill for Victims of Intimate/Domestic/Sexual Violence

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The NSGEU is pleased the NDP is introducing legislation that will, if passed, amend the Labour Standards Code to ensure working people who experience domestic violence, intimate violence, and sexual violence will have the right to paid and unpaid leave from their employers in order to begin their re[...]

Opening of the Legislature

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Tomorrow the Nova Scotia Legislature, the People’s House, opens for the next legislative session. For five years Stephen McNeil and his Liberal government have ignored, shushed, and dismissed the hard working people of our province.  Many of you, as NSGEU members, see the damage the McNeil arrogance[...]

What to do if there is a strike at your workplace?

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Dear NSGEU members working in provincial school boards, The Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) has announced it is holding a strike vote today, February 20th. The NSTU Executive is holding a meeting tomorrow where they will decide what, if any, job action they will be taking. We stand with the [...]

NSGEU School Board Support Staff Facing the Unknown

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On January 25, 2018, NSGEU President Jason MacLean wrote the Minister of Education regarding the lack of information flowing to frontline workers at provincial school boards about what the future holds. "To date there has been no response.  We have had some anecdotal information passed along but [...]

School Board Member Update

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Following last week's vague announcement by Education Minister Zach Churchill and the lack of answers on how the announced changes will affect NSGEU members, we have reached out to Government on your behalf. As of right now, Government officials have told us that the changes announced last week a[...]

Telephone Town Hall is Happening Tonight, Jan. 30 - Local 267 - NS Community College Important Bargaining Update: Talks Have Broken Off

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Confirming that the Town Hall scheduled for tonight for members who work at the Nova Scotia Community Colleges province-wide is going ahead as scheduled. We are holding a Telephone Town Hall meeting for NSGEU members who work at Nova Scotia Community College campuses across the province. As you may[...]

NSGEU Office is Closed Today, Tuesday, Jan. 30

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Due to the weather, the NSGEU office is closed today, Tuesday, January 30, to ensure the safety of members and staff. Staff are working from home so if needed please call 902-424-4063 or toll-free at 1-877-556-7438 and leave a message. You can also reach us at inquiry@nsgeu.ca. Your messages will[...]

Government Releases Education Administrative Report - NSGEU Urges Caution

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Today, Government released their report on the province’s education administrative model. The author of the report, Dr. Avis Glaze, made many sweeping recommendations including the complete dismantling of the existing school board system. After 4 years of amalgamation and centralization of the[...]

NSGEU Nurses Win Reduced Penalty for Strike Against Premier McNeil

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On April 1, 2014, 167 registered nurses from the former NSGEU local 97 stood up to the McNeil Liberals and their Essential Services legislation (Bill 37) that stripped workers of their right to strike. Like the generations of NSGEU Nurses before them, these members showed outstanding courage in the [...]

NSGEU is Successful in a Decision for Civil Service Vacation Scheduling

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NSGEU filed a policy grievance for employees with Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. The grievance was referred to adjudication and Arbitrator Bruce Archibald made a decision in favour of the Union on December 4th, 2017. Arbitrator Archibald found that the Department of Service Nova Scotia[...]
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