Halifax- Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, Local 71, who work for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board have voted 91% in favor of strike action to support their demands at the bargaining table.
The vote was counted in Truro tonight. Out of 434 votes cast, 396 voted yes.
“The employer wants us to move backwards and accept concessions,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome. “We are not prepared to do this. Our members are asking for respect at the bargaining table with improvements to working conditions – not takeaways.”
Members of Local 71 are educational assistants, clerks, administrative professionals, IT specialists, librarians and library specialists in the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board.
Local 71’s Bargaining Committee is in conciliation tomorrow, May 14 and Wednesday, May 15.
Their last contract expired June 30, 2012.