Unionized employees at three East Coast Credit Union Branches in Pictou and Antigonish Counties have voted 97 per cent in favour of ratifying a new collective agreement.
Unifor local 2107 represents 44 full and part-time workers, mostly women in Antigonish, New Glasgow and St. Andrews.
Union officials say the new collective agreement maintains the Defined Benefit Pension Plan for all current employees, and for those members not yet eligible to join the plan. New employees will enter into a Defined Contribution Pension Plan with matching contributions.
The deal also includes a two per cent yearly wage increase, job security langauge, a commitment to review certain classifications and pay grade adjustments for one classification.
Unifor says the Credit Union has also agreed to create a women’s advocate positon in the workplace. The advocate would assist women with issues including workplace harassment, and intimate partner violence and abuse.
Ongoing labour issues between a local bank and its workers could come to a head next week.
East Coast Credit Union and Unifor are supposed to go back to the table with a conciliator on the morning on August 1. As of August 3, Unifor will be in a legal strike position, following a July 3rd vote in which 98 per cent of members were in favour of a strike action. The conciliator filed a report on July 19 and a 14 day countdown began.
Jeanne Doiron is Unit chair for the East Coast Credit Union workers who belong to Unifor Local 2107. She says the unit’s contract expired on December 31, 2017 and this is their first contract with East Coast Credit Union, after they merged with the former Bergengren Credit Union. There are 44 workers with the local unit, with members in Antigonish, New Glasgow, and St. Andrews.
Doiron said the issue at hand stems from the defined benefit pension plan, which she said has been in existence for 45 years. She said East Coast Credit Union is demanding a closure of the plan.
With the deadline looming, the parties and a conciliator will meet on August 1 at 9 a.m. Doiron said Unifor is not interested in negotiating a removal of the defined pension plan.
Nova Scotia Business Incorporated has approved a payroll rebate to a growing New Glasgow based e-learning company.
Velsoft has the potential to create up to 30 new jobs related to the expansion of its virtual campus opportunities and line of business. NSBI says based on the maximum growth forecast of the agreement, Velsoft could spend 4.5 million dollars in salaries.
It is estimated the company could earn a rebate of up to 315-thousand dollars over five years. The company would be eligible for a smaller rebate if it creates fewer jobs.
Police have charged three people after a raid on a cannabis dispensary in New Glasgow Monday. The Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with assistance from the New Glasgow Police searched Scotia Green Inc. at 559 East River Road. Officers seized a quantity of marijuana, resin, derivatives and cash.
A 32-year-old Mount Uniacke man is charged with one count of production of a controlled substance, and two counts each of trafficking and possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking.
A 56-year-old Trenton woman and a 43-year-old woman from Pictou have both been charged with two counts of trafficking and two counts of possession of a controlled substance for the purpose of trafficking. All have been released from custody and will appear in Provincial Court at a later date.
A 36-year-old man wanted by New Glasgow Police in connection with a robbery at a tavern last fall has been arrested.
Shawn Daniel Bonvie was picked up on a warrant by Halifax Police yesterday. Bonvie was detained stemming from a robbery that occured at a tavern on Stewart Street in New Glasgow on October 12th. Police say a lone suspect entered the tavern and demanded money. One staff member was in the business and was grabbed, assaulted and forced into a room. The employee sustained minor injuries.
Bonvie is charged with Robbery, Unlawful Confinement, Uttering Threats, Breach of Probation, Failing to Attend Court, and Sexual Assault from an unrelated matter.
New Glasgow Regional Police are investigating a vehicle-pedestrian collision that occurred in the town last night. Police say shortly after 6 Monday night, officers were dispatched to the scene on Victoria Street involving a cargo truck and an 86-year-old male pedestrian.
Preliminary investigation has determined the pedestrian was in the intersection when he was struck by the cargo truck. The pedestrian was transported by EHS personnel to the Aberdeen Hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.
Police say they are looking for a man following the abduction and assault of a woman in the New Glasgow area. Police say around 8:45 Saturday night, a man assaulted a woman at the Aberdeen Business Centre near Giant Tiger and forced her into a 2017 white Dodge Durango with New Brunswick license plates.
Police say the suspect then immediately left the area in the vehicle travelling north on East River Road, then on to Washington Street, Marsh Street, Vale Road and onto Sherbrooke Road, heading to Blue Mountain.
Pictou County RCMP are also investigating an assault in Blue Mountain in connection with the abduction. Police say the suspect fled the scene in another vehicle, a small four door sedan parked nearby. The suspect is described as a white male, in his mid-30’s to mid-40’s, clean shaven and wearing a baseball cap.
The victim was taken to the Aberdeen Hospital and treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
New Glasgow Regional Police Major Crime Unit and the Pictou County District RCMP’s General Investigations Section are investigating. If you have any information on this incident call the RCMP at (902) 755-4141, the New Glasgow Police at (902) 752-1941 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477).
Police have arrested two New Glasgow residents after a pair of drug seizures Monday.
Around 9:30 Monday night, members of the Pictou County Integrated Street Crime Enforcement Unit, with assistance from New Glasgow Police, searched a home on Skylark Street in New Glasgow following a lengthy investigation.
Officers seized a quantity of methamphetamine, marijuana and cannabis resin. Police also arrested a 37-year-old New Glasgow woman.
A short time later, police stopped a car on Main Street, and seized a quantity of methamphetamine and a prohibited weapon. Officers arrested a 38-year-old New Glasgow man.
Both face charges of trafficking methamphetamine, production of cannabis resin, and possession of marijuana. The woman faces an additional charge of assaulting police, while the man has also been charged with possession of prohibited weapon. Both remain in custody and will appear in court at a later date.
A celebration of life service is being held tomorrow for a well known Maritime music leader. Pictou County’s Carlton Munroe passed away last week, and at his request, a public celebration is being held featuring music, and stories.
A family friend, Michelle Ferris says that anyone involved in the local music scene probably has a story about Carlton, and everyone is invited to attend the service in Pictou County. Ferris says that Carlton was a kind, welcoming man who treated everyone like his best friend.
Munroe passed away from an aggressive form of brain cancer, which also took Gord Downie’s life. The all day event will be held tomorrow at Glasgow Square Theatre, New Glasgow, from 1 p.m. to 1 a.m.