Health Care Bargaining Groups: Update on Overtime Interpretation Issue
Earlier today, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK sent employees a communication stating that they would be ending their punitive reinterpretation of your contracts overtime language.
Thanks to all of you for your dedication in seeing this through. You were strong and united, stood your ground and the employer has decided to “revert to our previous practice on the application of the Overtime language in the four contracts” in health care, support services, administration and nursing.
While the employer adds the caveat, while they “work through a resolution with the unions on this issue,” let me be absolutely clear: this reversal is the only resolution. We will not accept a return to the employer’s interpretation. This has been the NSGEU’s position since day one.
I raised this issue with Minister of Labour Relations Mark Furey, the Minister of Health and Wellness Randy Delorey over that last two months and had direct conversations with the NSHA. As well, NSGEU representatives met with the NSHA to discuss the issue. During all these meetings, we made it very clear that health care workers are feeling undervalued by their employer, and that the OT changes are placing additional pressures on the health care system, the people who deliver that care, and all Nova Scotians.
Let’s look at this as a victory, and a first step towards ending the health care crisis in Nova Scotia. At the same time, we need to continue to present urgent issues to this government and your employers. There are still staff shortages throughout the system that must be addressed.
You all deserve credit on achieving this reversal. The united pressure you all brought to bear on this issue has forced the government to change. Working together, I know we can bring about even more changes to our broken system for the benefit of all of you and all the people you serve.
March 30, 2023
Media Advisory: NAIG Host Society & NSGEU Partnership
On Friday, March 31st, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) will be making an announcement about a...
March 29, 2023
Local 45 – Université Sainte-Anne Bargaining Update: Tentative Agreement Ratified
The local has voted 92.5 per cent in favour of ratifying the tentative agreement negotiated with the employer. The bargaining...
March 28, 2023
Health Administrative Professionals Bargaining Unit Bargaining Update: Conciliation
As you are aware, talks at the bargaining table for the Administrative Professional bargaining unit broke off on January 19th,...
March 21, 2023
STATEMENT: Regarding Violent Incident at Charles P. Allen
STATEMENT: Violent Incident at Charles P. Allen We are deeply disturbed to hear of the violence that unfolded at Charles...
March 20, 2023
Retention Incentives Announced for Nursing, Health Care & Related Professions
Today, the government is finally announcing financial incentives that are intended to address the ongoing staffing shortages in our health...
March 20, 2023
International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination, 21 March
The 2023 theme of the International Day focuses on the urgency of combatting racism and racial discrimination, 75 years after the...
March 16, 2023
Locals 99-Dalhousie Support & 92-99-Agricultural Campus Support Bargaining Update – Please attend next Local meeting on March 23, 2023
Your bargaining committee tabled your bargaining proposals on February 21, 2023. Please contact NSGEU for a copy of the proposals....
March 15, 2023
NSGEU currently has a staff vacancy: Permanent Full-Time Secretary
NSGEU has a vacancy for a full-time experienced Secretary in our Head Office in Dartmouth, NS. #2023-06 – Permanent Full-Time...
March 14, 2023
Local 20 – Nova Scotia Hearing and Speech Bargaining Update: Vote Results
Your Local’s vote to accept or reject your employer’s final offer concluded today at 4:00 p.m. with 94 per cent...