Letter from NSGEU President Joan Jessome

Good afternoon,

It is with mixed emotions that I write this letter to you today. After approximately 20 years as an officer of NSGEU, with 17 of those years serving as your President,  I have decided that it is time to move on to new endeavours.

I will be running for a position with our National Union, the National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) in Ottawa this June. If elected, I hope to make a positive difference in the labour movement at a national level. But this means that I cannot reoffer my name for election as President of the NSGEU in May 2016.

This was not an easy decision for me: throughout my decades of involvement with the NSGEU, I believe we have made great strides together and achieved much for the membership and working people of Nova Scotia. With great local leadership and NSGEU staff this work will continue.

Rest assured, I will be seeing out the remainder of my term with the NSGEU (until elections are held at Triennial Convention in May 2016): working to address the privatization threat to many of our members and the ongoing attacks by the McNeil government, as well as ensuring the Civil Service negotiations are concluded and rounds of Health Care negotiations begin as planned. During this time, I will remain dedicated to the beliefs and principles that have always guided me as your President.

I remain faithfully yours, in solidarity,

Joan Jessome

President, NSGEU


5 Responses to Letter from NSGEU President Joan Jessome

  1. Therese Cordeau December 11, 2015 at 11:20 am #

    Wow, shocked right now, writing this with tears in my eyes… So grateful to have had you as a leader and I would like to think freind…omg, shocked!???

  2. Debbie Johnston (PEI UPSE) December 11, 2015 at 11:52 am #


    I have always followed happenings at NSGEU and you have done a job to be proud of over the last 20 years.

    Wish you best of luck in May 2016!

    Debbie Johnston PEI UPSE

  3. Yvette Landry December 11, 2015 at 2:55 pm #

    A huge % of the N.S.G.E.U. WILL BE VERY SAD TO SEE YOU LEAVE YOUR POSITION. Good luck in the future I wish you all the best. Thank you for all the years you have served us you have given 100% to every one you represented. Merry Christmas & Many,many Happy New Years ahead.

  4. Steve Murphy December 15, 2015 at 9:23 am #

    I cant help but feel like you are jumping ship instead of staying here and accounting for your role in the mess we are in.

    I dont take anything away from the years of service you have put in. Im sure you care deeply for the union. However, I cant help but think our union has lost its way the past number of years, and that has been under your leadership.

    Best of luck in the future.

  5. joey June 8, 2016 at 11:52 am #

    i will miss you

Leave a Reply

Visit Us On TwitterVisit Us On Facebook