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Local 87 – Parkland at the Lakes – Arbitration Dates Set

Your bargaining committee and the NSGEU filed for First Contract Arbitration on September 17th, 2013.

What is First Contract Arbitration? Either side (the union or employer) has the right to apply to the Labour Board of Nova Scotia for an imposed settlement in cases where a first collective agreement is not achieved after a period of one year. This legislation was designed to help parties reach a first collective agreement without resorting to strike or lockout. The possibility of an imposed agreement serves to encourage both the union and employer to compromise and find solutions in a timely manner. Furthermore, the Labour Board can offer the assistance of experienced senior labour, management and third-party representatives to help the parties reach an agreement.

The Labour Board has scheduled November 22nd, 30th, and December 1st as hearing dates.  In the meantime, the union and the employer have agreed to meet again on November 18th and 19th to attempt to resolve as many outstanding issues as possible.  As soon as we have new information, we will contact you. Please remind your coworkers to contact the NSGEU and make sure their contact information is on file with us, so they receive our updates, as well! They can reach us at 424-4063 (toll-free 1-877-556-7438) or inquiry@nsgeu.ca.

Your bargaining committee appreciates your ongoing support.

Bargaining Committee

Jane Billyard  jane.billyard@gmail.com

Chris MacFarlane  chris.macfarlane@bellaliant.net

Bernadette Pearce  bernadette_pearce2005@hotmail.com

Grant Vaughan, Chief Negotiator

424-4063 or 1-877-556-7438

gvaughan@nsgeu.ca

Lori Smith, ERO

424-4063 or 1-877-556-7438

lsmith@nsgeu.ca

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