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Union Matters: Giving Back

We are in the midst of the holiday season, when people turn their minds to giving to others. But the NSGEU actually gives back to the community all year round! On this week’s episode of Union Matters, we sit down and talk to NSGEU’s First Vice President, Sandra Mullen; Secretary-Treasurer, Darren McPhee; and Board member […]

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Bargaining Update: Support Services Collective Agreement

After many months of difficult negotiations, your bargaining committee members are pleased to announce that they have concluded a new, province-wide Support Services Collective Agreement. On November 30, 2018, mediator/arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award that establishes a collective agreement for more than 4,200 employees within the Health Support Bargaining Unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority […]

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Bargaining Update: Province-Wide Nursing Collective Agreement

After many months of difficult negotiations, your bargaining committee members are pleased to announce that they have concluded a new, province-wide Nursing Collective Agreement. This was a historic round of bargaining that saw all nurses across the province from four different unions bargain together at one table (click here to read more about the history behind this […]

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History Behind Current Round of Support Services Bargaining

This round of bargaining for the Support Services Bargaining Unit was the most unique in Nova Scotia history. Government legislation restricted wage increases and froze and ended retirement allowances. Other government legislation created two employers, the NSHA and the IWK, and required NSGEU, NSNU, Unifor and CUPE to negotiate a single province-wide agreement for all […]

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History Behind Current Round of Nursing Bargaining

This round of bargaining for health care workers – which includes Health Care, Administrative Professionals, Nursing and Support Services – was the most unique in our province’s history. Government legislation restricted wage increases and froze, then ended, retirement allowances. Another piece of government legislation created two employers, the NSHA and the IWK, and required NSGEU, […]

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Enter to Win: Skybox Tickets To Mooseheads vs. Wildcats

Every week for the next eight weeks, the NSGEU will be giving away two spots in a catered skybox lounge for the Halifax Mooseheads vs. Moncton Wildcats game on Saturday, January 19th, 2019. All you have to do is listen to this week’s podcast (click here), and enter below: https://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/809558653/? Please note: you must be […]

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Union Matters Podcast #5: Weed & The Workplace

On this week’s episode of Union Matters, we sit down with labour lawyer Jill Houlihan to talk about a hot topic: weed and the workplace. Since the legalization of cannabis four short weeks ago, many employees (and employers) have been left with unanswered questions about how use of the substance – recreationally and medicinally – […]

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Council of Nursing Defers Outstanding Issues to Arbitrator

The Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions (NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor) and the Employer group (NSHA and IWK) have completed collective bargaining and are referring all remaining matters in dispute to Arbitrator William Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan was named as mediator-arbitrator for all acute care collective agreements, as per a decision that was ratified by […]

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