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Press Release: NSGEU President Jason MacLean will be available for comment re: imposition of Bill 148 today at 2:30 pm

Today, August 22, at 2:30 p.m.

at the NSGEU Office

255 John Savage Ave (in Burnside)

Dartmouth, NS

-30-

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, please contact:

Deedee Slye, Communications Officer

902-497-6761

dslye@nsgeu.ca

NSGEU Communications Office

902-424-4063 (office) 877-556.7438 (toll free) communications@nsgeu.ca

7 Responses to Press Release: NSGEU President Jason MacLean will be available for comment re: imposition of Bill 148 today at 2:30 pm

  1. Mark Wells August 22, 2017 at 4:20 pm #

    Been a long time member, I’ve been on bargaining committees for two local, chief steward and president of two locals. I’m even starting to wonder what’s going on? We had arbitration dates set and decided to go back to conciliation instead? Why? Did we figure that something changed? Seems as though we were played by the government.

    Not even sure anymore if the meager raises we get even cover our union dues…something to think about. If the government of the day can so easily impose our contract and, we cancel an already set arbitration to help them out then, what are we paying dues for? What purpose is the nsgeu serving? It’s now the end of the day and the President was supposedly going to make a “statement” at 2:30 but I don’t see it. I hold my brothers and sisters in very high regard but we really need to stop and think about what the NSGEU is actually doing for us? In Solidarity, Mark Wells

    • Deedee Slye August 28, 2017 at 12:45 pm #

      Hey Mark, sorry for the delay getting back to you. We agreed to conciliation because the government said they wouldn’t oppose arbitration if we did. (They were opposing us going to arbitration which would have taken time to appeal.) Then they brought in Bill 148 which restricts the arbitrator. President MacLean was out with his statement all over the news that afternoon and you can find the statement on our website from that afternoon here: http://nsgeu.ca/mcneil-drops-hammer-on-nsgeu-members/. This is a political issue. A government should not be able to reach in and strip negotiated benefits from our collective agreements. We are asking members to write their MLAs and ask them to pressure McNeil to send the whole Bill to the Court of Appeal to test for constitutionality. If he doesn’t, we will. Fighting for your rights is just one thing your union dues pay for. Thanks for writing in!

  2. Mark Wells September 4, 2017 at 11:31 am #

    Thanks for the response Deedee, I’ve been meaning to follow up on my previous post. I deeply regret and sincerely apologize to Jason and my brothers and sisters. My anger was misplaced and I spoke harshly about those who don’t deserve it. I know well the dedication that the NSGEU and Jason in particular has for the members. I lashed out from anger and fear and cannot believe that such hard fought rights can be stripped with such apparent ease. I’m hesitant to publicly voice my frustration as a Civil servant as, it could mean my job. This could be something the Union looks into as the “gag order” on public servants seems archaic and contrary to our freedom of expression. I’m an opinionated person (sometimes to my detriment) and, not being able to voice an opinion on my government frustrates me to no end. I sincerely hope my sisters and brothers can accept my apology for my pervious harsh, and misplaced comments. In Solidarity, Mark (Local 3, Wood Street Centre)

    • Deedee Slye September 7, 2017 at 4:04 pm #

      Hey there Mark,
      I understand the frustration. Imagine a government that would work with the unions and respect the role they can play to improve working conditions and health & safety – like in other Scandinavian countries for example. Instead, this government consistently takes an oppositional position. They dictate rather than negotiate. In collective bargaining both sides should have equal power. That is how you reach a fair agreement. But McNeil will not let fair collective bargaining happen. It is very frustrating for the members and all the representatives. Thanks for writing in. And thanks for all the work you are doing at Wood St. In solidarity.

  3. Rhoda MacNeil October 5, 2017 at 7:20 am #

    I have been employed with NS Health Authority for 26 years and I am a Single woman trying to survive on a daily basis I struggle but Our Long Service Award is my savings and I need it but if the government is threating to take it from the employees do you or anyone maybe suggest I retire now because if that is the case and I have to retire I definitely will and Premier MacNeil is threatening to take it from the employees can someone please give me your professional input. Whether one should stay and hope he doesn’t take it or should I wait it out. I would very much appreciate a reply. Thank you for trying to help us I appreciate it and I know others do as well. Ms Rhoda MacNeil

    • Deedee Slye October 26, 2017 at 10:16 am #

      Hello there, so sorry for the delay in responding. Bill 148 freezes your Retirement Benefit as of April 2015. Whatever you have accrued up to that point, you will have upon retirement, whenever you choose to retire. You will not lose it. Bill 148 removes the benefit for anyone hired after April 2015. Let us know if this helps and if you have any other questions. Thank you.

  4. Rhoda MacNeil October 5, 2017 at 7:21 am #

    My reply is written as above Thank you

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