The President of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union is disappointed with the province’s decision to establish a wage package for 75-thousand public sector employees. The province’s proclamation of the Public Services Sustainability Act includes the N-S-N-U.
Antigonish native and St. FX graduate Janet Hazelton worries the financial terms imposed by the province, three per cent over four years, may in fact hurt attempts to recruit and retain nurses.
Hazelton says with the wage package pre-determined, it may prompt some Nova Scotia nurses to leave the province for more money elsewhere
Bargaining involving the government and a Guysborough County museum seems to have hit a snag as both groups try to reach a tentative agreement. The Sherbrooke Village Restoration Commission and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union were in bargaining negotiations with the MacNeil government.
President of the NSGEU, Jason MacLean says that talks were heading in a positive direction, until yesterday when he says it became clear that the employer’s proposal did not get approval from the government. MacLean goes on to say in a release that the wage offer and the proposal for a classification adjustment schedule were both worse than they were last week.
As a result, conciliation failed and the NSGEU has scheduled an information session for Monday of next week, August 28, where the employees will discuss their next steps. There are 73 members of Local 50 that work at Sherbrooke Village.
Unionized workers at the Sherbrooke Village will be holding an information picket Thursday at the entrance gate to the attraction. A release from the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says the action, scheduled from one until 3 p.m. is to raise awareness of their fight for a fair contract with the employer, the Sherbrooke Restoration Commission. .
The Commission presented a final offer at the bargaining table on July 20th. The NSGEU filed for conciliation. Both sides are meeting with a conciliation officer today.
The 73 members of local 50 of the NSGEU work in administration, historical interpretation, costumes, crafts, markeing and promotions, trades, security and maintenance.
Thursday morning at Town Hall, the signing of Collective Agreements for both the Electric Utility and Public Works and Facilities were completed by town officials. Negotiations went smoothly for both agreements, and Town Mayor, Laurie Boucher says all parties left feeling satisfied.
Boucher says some language had to be changed or updated in the agreement, but there are no major changes otherwise:
Representatives from Public Works say that they were pleased with how negotiations went, and both agreements were settled within two days.
One local PC member is displeased to see the results of the new legislation passed onto the teachers of Nova Scotia. Antigonish Progressive Conservative candidate Ray Mattie believes taking away the collective bargaining right from teachers is unfair – he would know as a former substitute teacher.
Mattie was referencing Bill 75, which was passed by the Liberal Government earlier this week after a 16 month long contract dispute. Mattie says the cuts to education will have a long term negative impact on Nova Scotian children:
Mattie believes the local MLA’s involvement in the case is upsetting, and has caused frustration in the town of Antigonish and province wide.
Work to rule has come to a halt in the province, and that means evaluating what school’s should do moving forward. During the work to rule, teachers would supervise children twenty minutes before and after school ended meaning bus schedules had to change drastically.
In the Strait Regional School Board, this required a lot of work due to longer routes faced by the students living in rural areas.
SRSB Superintendent Ford Rice says the board has been proactive in planning for post work-to-rule:
Rice says he will be meeting with the principals of schools on Wednesday to discuss what changes schools will make long term, assuming the teachers agree to the new contract.
Community members, fellow union members and a striking worker marched through downtown Antigonish Monday to mark
Protesters gather in Antigonish to mark one year anniversary of the start of the Chronicle Herald Strike
the one year anniversary of the Chronicle Herald strike.
The Halifax Typographical Union went on strike last Jan. 23, resulting in sixty-one newsroom staff walking off the job over a contract that included wage rollbacks and other cuts.
Local writer for the Herald, Aaron Beswick was pleased to see support.
Beswick hopes that negotiations go well over the coming days to resolve this year long strike. The union said they are seeking to renew negotiations after lawyers from both sides met for informal discussions.