"The vote to accept this process brings to an end a two year struggle to reach a first collective agreement," says Joan Jessome, NSGEU president. “We are all very proud of this new local and their determination to achieve a fair first contract.”
Halifax (21 April 2011) - After striking for six days, the 33 members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), employed by the Metropolitan Regional Housing Authority, have voted to accept their first collective agreement.
"The members of Local 47 were determined to see a fair resolution to the impasse they reached in bargaining," says Joan Jessome, NSGEU president. "Their solidarity made this collective agreement possible."
The local agreed to a process to have their jobs evaluated under the well established Civil Service job evaluation process.
"The vote to accept this process brings to an end a two year struggle to reach a first collective agreement," says Jessome. “We are all very proud of this new local and their determination to achieve a fair first contract.”
The deal means the Local 47 members are today getting back to the work they're so proud of doing: helping the thousands of seniors and families across HRM and Hants County who depend on them for safe and affordable housing.
Members of NSGEU Local 47 provide important support and services to thousands of seniors, families and individuals who live in housing units in the HRM and Hants County. They work as application staff and income review staff, collectors and accounting clerks, purchasing and warehouse staff, property clerks, receptionists, administrative clerks and social workers.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE