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Media Release: NSHA Makes Nursing Shortages Worse

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The NSGEU is calling on the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) to deal with the critical shortage of nurses working in Nova Scotia's health care system. "Working short is the new normal. This leads to increased use of overtime, which in itself is a symptom of bigger problems. Put simply, there a[...]

Press Release: NSGEU responds to death inquiry at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility

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Dec. 20, 2018 NSGEU responds to death inquiry at Central Nova Scotia Correctional Facility (CNSCF a.k.a. Burnside) The outcome of the review into death of an inmate has raised concerns for NSGEU correctional staff who work at the CNSCF in Burnside. "One thing has to be made absolutely clear[...]

Media Release: Formal Complaint Filed Against NSHA/ECFH

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Almost seven months after a pregnant NSGEU member was viciously assaulted while working at the East Coast Forensic Hospital, a co-worker of the victim is filing a formal complaint with the Occupational Health & Safety Division of the Department of Labour and Advanced Education. "This issue ha[...]

Media Release: PTSD Regulations Step In Right Direction

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Nova Scotia announced new regulations today, which will ensure more workers will have easy and immediate access to resources to treat Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). “Amending the Workers Compensation Act to ensure more workers are protected against the harms of workplace trauma was the ri[...]

Media Release: P3 Model Wrong Choice for QEII Redevelopment

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This morning, Stephen McNeil's Liberal government announced their QEII redevelopment plans, which include the eventual decommissioning of part of the Victoria General site and the construction of five new health care buildings in the Halifax area using a P3 model. This means that a private compan[...]

Media Release: Gov't Reset Needs to Focus on Health Care Crisis, Union Ready to Help

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Union members hope proroguing the legislature means Stephen McNeil is ready to reset the Liberal Government's agenda away from attacking workers and towards working together to find solutions to fix the current crisis in health care, says NSGEU President Jason MacLean. "Traditionally, when a Pr[...]

Press Release: Health Care Workers Awarded Increase in Shift and Weekend Premiums

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Today, Aug. 15, Mediator / Arbitrator William Kaplan awarded union members in the Health Care Bargaining Unit an increase in shift and weekend premiums. Health Care Bargaining Unit members were awarded a 50 cent per hour increase to their current hourly premium rate. These premiums are added comp[...]

Press Release: New Collective Agreement Awarded for Health Care Bargaining Unit

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Today, mediator-arbitrator William Kaplan issued an award which establishes a collective agreement for more than 6,000 employees in the Health Care Bargaining Unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK. The award came after five days of mediation-arbitration which took place last week and c[...]

Press Release: NSGEU applauds new Nurse Practitioner Education Incentive Program

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Educating more nurse practitioners for people in underserved areas is a positive step forward for nurses and families who don't have a family doctor and lack access to primary health care, says NSGEU President Jason MacLean. "This is a good announcement from government and could go a long way to [...]

MEDIA RELEASE: Liberal Government Heightens Health Care Crisis by Leaving More Nova Scotians Stranded

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NSGEU President Jason MacLean joins Cape Breton families, seniors and health care workers with shock and anger at today's Liberal government announcement that the Northside Consolidated Hospital and New Waterford General Hospital will close and be replaced with Community Health Centres. "When was[...]
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