Health Administrative Professionals Bargaining Update: Complaint Filed, Radio Spots On-Air

The Administrative Professionals Council of Unions today filed a formal complaint with the Labour Board in order to resolve an ongoing dispute with Nova Scotia Health (NSH) over its Essential Service staffing plan.

The Council believes the legislation requires the NSH to use the number of “actual employees” who will be on site each day during a strike. The employer is providing only the number of Full Time Equivalents (FTEs) during the negotiation phase. If we use actual employee numbers, this allows the unions to know how many members the employer will require on the site at any given time. If we use FTEs, it makes it impossible for the unions to know how many members will be needed at any given time.

The Labour Board could issue a ruling within three days, but it may require longer. Once that process is complete, we return to the table to try and conclude an essential services plan with the employers.

On a related note, the unions’ radio advertisements promoting the important work you do began airing today throughout the province. They are playing on many stations, but in case you are unable to catch one live, you can listen to it by clicking this link:

We will continue to keep you updated on the Labour Board complaint and any other new developments.

The Administrative Professional Council of Unions is made up of members from CUPE, Unifor and NSGEU.

As always, if you have questions or concerns about the bargaining process or next steps, please contact a member of your bargaining committee or the NSGEU by calling 902-424-4063 (toll-free 1-877-556-7438) or emailing

Bargaining Committee:

Local 104 Kim Sheppard –

Local 190 Lynette Hayward-Byrd –

Local 423 Pamela Grace –

Local 1246 Mark Smith –

Local 1246 Heather Tucker –

Local 1246 Bill Zebedee –

Local 1246 Dawn Daborn –

NSGEU Deputy Chief Negotiator – Tammy Young

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