Press Release: Frustrated Employees at Sherbrooke Village Vote to Strike

Employees at Sherbrooke Village, members of NSGEU Local 50, have voted 85% in favour of strike action in support of their Bargaining Committee. The employer has been dragging out negotiations, due to a pension issue, for over three years.
“The membership is extremely frustrated and disappointed,” says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union. “This strike vote shows their overwhelming support for their Bargaining Committee and their determination to reach a fair agreement soon.”
At a meeting last night, 51 out of 60 members in attendance voted to strike.
Wages are the main outstanding issue.
“Employees at Sherbrooke Village are already making less than other employees who do similar work at other museums in the province,” says Jessome. “They are asking for a fair wage increase so they do not fall even further behind.”
The union and the employer are also currently working to solve an underfunded pension plan for full-time employees as a separate issue. The vast majority of employees at Sherbrooke Village are part-time and do not belong to the pension plan.
“The pension issue should not be used as an excuse to stall negotiations,” says Jessome.
A Conciliation Officer has been appointed and conciliation dates are being scheduled for the end of August.
There are 71 members of Local 50 who work at Sherbrooke Village as craftspeople, historical interpreters, marketing and promotions, administrators, security, and maintenance workers.

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4 Responses to Press Release: Frustrated Employees at Sherbrooke Village Vote to Strike

  1. Brian Kelly August 6, 2015 at 11:49 am #

    … sending a note of solidarity to Local 50 members.

    Brian Kelly CUPE 1281

    • Sam Kaiser September 5, 2015 at 12:36 am #

      Thank you Brian, for your solidarity with us at Local 50.

  2. Helene September 11, 2015 at 9:02 am #

    This is why these places are closing down in our province – the high cost of government employees. Pension… I dont have a pension… and I have a degree.. I am not an uneducated individual .. I work in the private sector.


    • Holly Fraughton September 23, 2015 at 2:00 pm #

      Hi Helene. Our members are instrumental in delivering valuable public services we all rely upon. It’s unfortunate you do not have a pension: perhaps you should consider unionizing your workplace!

      All the best.

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