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A message from President Jason MacLean regarding the passage of Bill C-16

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The NSGEU stands behind the passage of Bill C-16, An Act to amend the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Criminal Code. The Act adds gender identity and gender expression to the list of prohibited grounds of discrimination. The Act also amends the Criminal Code to extend the protection against hate p[...]

Join the HTU For a Rally/BBQ!

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What: Rally/BBQ in support of striking Halifax Typographical Union (HTU) workers When: Friday, June 16th, noon Where: 2717 Joseph Howe Drive (The Chronicle Herald building) Unionized newsroom staff at The Chronicle Herald have been on strike for more than 500 days now, as t[...]

Sunday is William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day (Davis Day)

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This Sunday June 11th is the 92nd Anniversary of the commemoration of William Davis Miners’ Memorial Day(“Davis Day“). It is a day that we commemorate the death of coal miner William Davis who was shot to death on a mining strike at approximately 11 a.m. on June 11th, 1925. It's a time to honour the[...]

Media Release: NSGEU Filing For Arbitration for Civil Service

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May 17, 2017  The NSGEU's Union Negotiating Committee for the Civil Service has determined that bargaining is at an impasse and is filing for arbitration to address outstanding issues. "We went to the table twice in April with the help of a Conciliation Officer and bargaining was moving backwa[...]

Vehicle Transportation and Inspection Division Health & Safety Grievance Update

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In 2016, a number of employees with the Vehicle Transportation and Inspection Division (Employer) brought workplace safety concerns to our attention. We held meetings across the province to hear concerns and educate members on their rights and responsibilities pursuant to the Occupational Health [...]

Q & A : What to do if there is an NSTU 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 one day strike on Friday, February 17. They are taking a stand against Bill 75 that was tabled in the legislature by the McNeil government last evening. This Bill limits tea[...]

Raise Your Voice for Free Collective Bargaining

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Take a stand and raise your voice for free collective bargaining! The Legislature is scheduled to begin sitting at 8pm TODAY, Tuesday evening, for the First Reading of Stephen McNeil's Bill, Teachers Professional Agreement and Classroom Improvement (2017) Act, which imposes a contract on members [...]

It's Blue Monday

It's Blue Monday
The NSGEU Board of Directors recognizes the important work NSGEU members do every day helping to support people who are struggling with mental health issues in Nova Scotia. Blue Monday is the third Monday in January and for a variety of reasons is considered one of the most depressing days of[...]

MEDIA RELEASE: NSGEU Files for Conciliation as Civil Service Negotiations Reach an Impasse

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The NSGEU is filing for conciliation after negotiations with the government for a Civil Service collective agreement reached an impasse. "Our members are looking for a fair agreement and hopefully a conciliator can help us get there," says Jason MacLean, President of the Nova Scotia Government &a[...]

No Agreement Reached for Civil Service: New Dates to be Confirmed for January

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The NSGEU's Civil Service Union Negotiating Committee is scheduling more bargaining dates in the New Year with the Employer after two days at the bargaining table failed to produce a tentative agreement. "It is unfortunate we couldn't get a deal at the table over the last two days," says Jason Ma[...]

Civil Service Union Negotiating Committee Returns to the Table Tomorrow, Dec. 20

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Dear Civil Service members, Your Bargaining Committee wishes to inform you that they are returning to the table tomorrow morning, Tuesday, December 20, for another day of bargaining with the employer. Thank you for your ongoing support. Please watch your email for updates. In solidarity,[...]

MEDIA RELEASE: NSGEU Civil Servants Reject Government's Final Offer

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NSGEU members who work in the Civil Service are sending a strong message to the Premier of Nova Scotia - they want a fairly negotiated deal. Civil Servants voted 94 per cent in favour of rejecting the final offer presented by government. The vote was counted today at noon.   "Our members want a[...]

Message from President MacLean about Civil Service Vote Beginning Monday at 8am

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Dear NSGEU Civil Service member, Voting on the employer's final offer will begin on Monday, December 12 at 8 a.m.  This government has tried to dictate contracts rather than negotiate them. Now is the time to stand together and vote "NO!". Make your voices heard! The employer's final offer [...]

Local 101 - LPNs, Former Capital District Health Authority Update on Reclassification Process

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There have been continuous ongoing efforts to advance our reclassification efforts for Licensed Practical Nurses from the former Capital District Health Authority (CDHA). Meetings were held between the employer and two union staff on June 21 and July 22 to try and advance this reclassification effor[...]

Member Update on Teachers' Dispute: What To Do If You're Being Asked To Do Struck Work

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Good afternoon, The union has just learned that some school boards (Annapolis Valley & Chignecto Regional School Board) are offering additional hours for the purposes of supervision to our members. To be clear, we are advising all members to refuse any additional work if it is above and beyon[...]

MEDIA RELEASE: NSGEU Advises Education Support Staff to Refuse Struck Work

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The NSGEU has learned today that some school board administrators are trying to undermine impending job action of teachers by asking our members to violate the Department of Education's own provincial guidelines. These guidelines state that the responsibility of safety and well-being cannot be tr[...]

Statement of Support for Teachers

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Today, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) Executive announced they will be enacting a work-to-rule campaign starting next week, as the first phase of strike action against Stephen McNeil's Liberal government. Making the decision to take any form of job action is not easy, and our members under[...]

Media Release: Department of Justice Should Improve Courtroom Safety – Not Make it Worse: says NSGEU President MacLean

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Instead of putting in measures to make courtrooms and prisoner escorts safer, NSGEU has learned the Department of Justice is planning to make the situation riskier for Deputy Sheriffs and the public. “Decision makers in the Department of Justice are making policy decisions that will impact our he[...]

Parks staff weigh in on life after the cuts

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Early in 2015, the McNeil government cut staff at seven provincial parks and turned them into self-serve parks. Bob Gimblett works at one of these parks, Porters Lake Provincial Park, and has been working hard to provide the public with the best experience possible despite these reductions. Bob has [...]

President MacLean asks to return to bargaining table: Premier responds he will wait for vote results.

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Dear members of the Civil Service, In light of the return to the bargaining table with the Nova Scotia Teacher's Union, I asked the Premier today to return to the table with Civil Servants as well, to actually negotiate a fair deal. Unfortunately, the Premier's response was to say that he is wai[...]
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