Perspectives on Restructuring Nova Scotia Healthcare–A Public Forum


Apr 08, 2015 - 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM


Halifax Central Library
5440 Spring Garden Road, Halifax, NS, B3J 1E9, Canada

Perspectives on Restructuring Nova Scotia Healthcare:

The Impact on Labour-Management Relations

A Public Forum

at the Halifax Central Library

6:30 pm, Wednesday, April 8

For the past year, the Nova Scotia government has been trying to re-organize the structure of collective bargaining in acute health care in the province.  This has created tumult on the industrial relations scene.

Last October, with the agreement of the unions, the government appointed James Dorsey, a nationally-recognized dispute resolution expert to help sort it out.  But before he could finish the task, the government “fired” him.

Now the government has agreed to a “bargaining associations” proposal that it originally rejected.  What is the government trying to achieve in healthcare collective bargaining?  What do employers and unions think?  How has this issue been resolved in other provinces?  What does it mean for all of us?

Come and hear three experts discuss the issues…and let us hear your views.

Panelists include:

  • Larry Haiven, Professor, Department of Management, Sobey School of Business, Saint Mary’s University.  (Larry teaches industrial relations and has written extensively on public sector collective bargaining and dispute resolution.)
  • Lana Payne, Atlantic Director, UNIFOR Trade Union. (UNIFOR is one of the unions involved in the Dorsey process and Lana attended the mediation and arbitration sessions.)
  • William Lahey, Associate Professor, Schulich Law School, Dalhousie University (Former Nova Scotia Deputy Minister of Labour and Assistant Deputy Minister of Health)

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