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History Behind Current Round of Nursing Bargaining

This round of bargaining for health care workers – which includes Health Care, Administrative Professionals, Nursing and Support Services – was the most unique in our province’s history. Government legislation restricted wage increases and froze, then ended, retirement allowances. Another piece of government legislation created two employers, the NSHA and the IWK, and required NSGEU, […]

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Council of Nursing Defers Outstanding Issues to Arbitrator

The Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions (NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor) and the Employer group (NSHA and IWK) have completed collective bargaining and are referring all remaining matters in dispute to Arbitrator William Kaplan. Mr. Kaplan was named as mediator-arbitrator for all acute care collective agreements, as per a decision that was ratified by […]

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Arbitration Decision

Dear member, We received arbitrator James Dorsey’s decision on the labour representation portion of Bill 1 (the Health Authorities Act). That decision, which can be found here (http://nsgeu.ca/filemanager/pdf/DorseyFinalDecision.pdf) has determined that the NSGEU will serve as the bargaining agent for both Clerical and Health Care workers. Additionally, Mr. Dorsey has not assigned the Support Services […]

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MEDIA RELEASE: Government Regulation on Nursing Unit Unconstitutional

Government has passed a regulation that is unconstitutional and gives a minority union the right to represent the nursing bargaining unit at the newly established Provincial Health Authority. The government has done this just two weeks after the Supreme Court of Canada confirmed that freedom of association under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms protects […]

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NSGEU Hosts Labour Leader from Australia, Expert on Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

MEDIA ADVISORY Monday, February 3rd, 2014 PRESS CONFERENCE: NSGEU Hosts Labour Leader from Australia, Expert on Nurse-To-Patient Ratios  Last week, negotiations between Local 97 (Registered Nurses at CDHA) and the CDHA broke down because the employer has failed to address nurses’ key concerns of scheduling and staffing. The NSGEU has been campaigning for the introduction […]

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Local 97 – Employer’s Response to Proposed Nurse-To-Patient Ratios

Further to the last bargaining update we sent out after your employer presented their “Final Settlement Offer” to the Local 97 bargaining committee on December 13th, 2013, we are now sending along their response to our proposals surrounding minimum mandated nurse-to-patient ratios:  11. Union/Management Quality Care Committee – 27.02(d)  (1)   An Employee who believes that […]

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President Responds to Health Care Consultant’s Comments on CBC Information Morning

I listened with great interest to today’s interview with Mary Jane Hampton on CBC’s Information Morning. While I agree with some of the points this health care consultant makes, I must take exception with her fundamental argument that RNs have “priced themselves out” of the role of providing hands-on care to patients. The NSGEU currently […]

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Video Series: Nurses Put Patient Safety First!

Halifax – Nova Scotia’s new Health Minister recently acknowledged that we will soon face an “alarming” shortage of healthcare professionals in this province, including a shortage of approximately 800 nurses in the next five years. “As the union representing over 2,600 Registered Nurses in Nova Scotia, we can safely say that shortage is already upon […]

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