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Press Release: NSGEU stands united with teachers

The McNeil Liberals have spent four years dismantling the health system while front line health care workers were locked out of the process and now the system is in crisis. McNeil is bringing the same misguided centralization scheme to education that will hurt student performance and create chaos in our schools, says Jason MacLean NSGEU President.

“Teachers are trying to get Stephen McNeil focused on improving classroom conditions and giving our young people the best chance for success,” says MacLean. “McNeil is focused on all the wrong things and is refusing to listen to those dedicated women and men who have committed their lives to educating young people.”

NSTU have approved a strike vote for Tuesday, February 20 which will give the NSTU a mandate to implement a job action if the McNeil Liberals are unprepared to work with teachers.

“Stephen McNeil and Zach Churchill have been saying that this is what teachers want, that they were part of the consultation. The past week has shown that to be misleading and with a strong vote on Tuesday it will send a message to McNeil that teachers are going to fight for the best interest of the students they work with in the classrooms,” says MacLean.

NSGEU members in our schools work closely with teachers and principals everyday to educate Nova Scotia’s students. The ham-fisted approach, a hallmark of the McNeil Liberals, will do nothing to improve classroom conditions.

“The NSGEU stands united with teachers. Only by working together can we fix the problems that actually have been created by McNeil and his Government. It’s time for McNeil to work with both to solve the crisis in health care and prevent the chaos he’s going to inflict on students and teachers.”

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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, please contact:

Lucas Wide

NSGEU Communications Officer

902-497-5010 (cell)

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

3 Responses to Press Release: NSGEU stands united with teachers

  1. Kim February 14, 2018 at 11:20 am #

    Solidarity!

  2. Steve krichew February 14, 2018 at 5:58 pm #

    For years NS gov have done all it could to destroy communities, maybe because when people feel part of something it makes politicians nervous. Amalgamations have divided communities, school closures have taken the heart out of communities, now they are thinking about how far is reasonable between emergency hospitals. Their plan to close community hospitals, many of which were built with community participation will further demoralize communities. Removing the local hospital boards took away any community participation. Now the study they directed… no- one should believe it was independent… was implemented lightning speed. When did a government ever implement recommendations of A study without first consulting public and debating in legislature… now local school boards are gone so again no community participation. Schools will be closed now by edict from king Stephen.

    Maybe I’m pessimistic but it seems gov plans to exclude the populace for its benefit. Yet the financiers get whatever they want. Follow my money through taxes to their friends

  3. Lawrence Rushton February 14, 2018 at 8:50 pm #

    Stephen McNeil should be demanded to step down and Nova Scotia tax payers stop paying him then maybe there would be more moneys for health care and education ,that is what we paid the taxes for not for ower government to waist on them selfs.My grand son was sick the other day and emerg was not opened in ower area or the next closes was closed also so off to Amherst they go just to wait all day with a sick child and after 6 hr they left and came home,( never seein a doctor ) Ower Government has failed the peaple of Nova Scotia and should be demained to step down with no pesion ,I am sure that if they worked anywere else and didnt do the job they were Fired .

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