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NSGEU Press Release – NSAC

NSGEU Local 92, NSAC/Dalhousie University, Votes to Strike

Truro – Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 92, at the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a strike to back their bargaining demands.

Votes were counted today and 81 percent of those who voted, voted to strike.

Total number of voters: 151

Total number of yes votes: 123

“The vital work our members do every day keeps the campus functioning efficiently,” says Joan Jessome, President of the NSGEU. “This local has sent a strong message of support to their Bargaining Committee as they head into conciliation.”

The union and employer are negotiating the merger of Local 92’s 174 members into existing Dalhousie Locals 77 and 99. These negotiations were necessitated by the merger of Dalhousie and the Nova Scotia Agricultural College in 2012.

Outstanding issues include: wages, job security and displacement rights, and job classification and appeal process.

Local 92’s current collective agreement expired on March 31, 2012.

Members of Local 92 work in all areas of the Agricultural Campus – clerical, professional, maintenance, technical and service, and research.

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The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on every day.

For more information, or to arrange an interview with NSGEU President Joan Jessome, please contact:

Deedee Slye, NSGEU Communications Officer

902-424.4063 (office)

902-497-6761 (cell)

dslye@nsgeu.ca

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