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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[...]

Press Release: Councils of Health Care Unions Ratify Agreement with NSHA and IWK

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Today, the Councils of Health Care Unions voted 92% to ratify an agreement with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK. The agreement provides wage increases over a six year term (2014-2020), protects key benefits and provides a mediation arbitration process that will conclude all collect[...]

Press Release: Employees at the WCB, NSGEU Local 55, Vote to Strike

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May 7, 2018 Members of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 55, who work for the Workers' Compensation Board, have voted 83% in favour of strike action to back their demands at the bargaining table. The Union and the Employer enter the conciliation process tom[...]

Press Release: Council of Health Care Unions get Strike Mandate

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Today, the Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions announced that health care bargaining unit members who voted - voted 93% in support of a province-wide strike. We thank all the members who participated in the vote. The Council of Unions is under a media black out until members have the opp[...]

Press Release: Council of Unions Recommend Proposed Agreement with NSHA and IWK

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Today, the Council of Health Care Unions recommends its members ratify a proposed agreement with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK. Yesterday, all bargaining committee members met and voted to recommend ratification of the proposal to their members. If ratified the agreement provides a [...]

Press Release: Pregnant nurse attacked while NSHA says investigating safety concerns a waste of time

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A nurse was attacked and sent to hospital days after the Nova Scotia Health Authority called a request for an independent violence in the workplace risk assessment a 'waste of time', says NSGEU President Jason MacLean. "This nurse, 33 weeks pregnant, while being attacked by a patient was left com[...]

Press Release: Essential Services Agreement in place for IWK

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Today, the Council of Health Care Unions welcomed a decision by the Nova Scotia Labour Board which concluded an essential services agreement for health care workers at the IWK. The Labour Board decision rejected the IWK's request that the Council of Unions provide additional notice periods beyond[...]
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