Local 79 SMU – Tentative Agreement Reached

March 1, 2013

NSGEU Local 79, Support Staff at Saint Mary’s University, Reach Tentative Agreement

Halifax – Members of NSGEU Local 79, support staff at Saint Mary’s University, have reached a tentative agreement.

“We are very pleased to have achieved this tentative agreement,” says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union. “The members of Local 79 stood firmly behind their Bargaining Committee and with this solidarity they were able to achieve an agreement they could recommend to the membership.”

Highlights of the agreement include a three year agreement beginning July 1, 2012 with wage increases of year one: 1.75 percent, year two: 1.5 percent, and year three: 2.0 percent.

Information sessions and a ratification vote will be held next Monday and Tuesday with a vote count at 5pm on Tuesday.

There are 178 members in the local who provide administrative, clerical, technical, and library services for Saint Mary’s University.


The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 30,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on everyday.

For more information or to arrange an interview with NSGEU President, Joan Jessome, please contact:

Deedee Slye, NSGEU Communications Officer

424.4063 (office)

497.6761 (cell)

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One Response to Local 79 SMU – Tentative Agreement Reached

  1. Mark Lawrence March 2, 2013 at 11:37 am #

    As usual our NSGEU caves to their bargaining opponents. Unless you work in the health care field you will not get a good contract. All the NSGEU cares about are the big locals that can put pressure on their employers, so everyone else can continue to get less than 2 percent which isn’t even keeping up with the cost of living.

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