NSGEU registered nurses will soon be voting on whether or not to send outstanding bargaining issues to binding arbitration.
Halifax (7 June 2011) - During conciliation talks on June 3, registered nursing members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) reached tentative agreement to send outstanding issues including wages to binding arbitration.
Before binding arbitration can occur, ratification by the members of the bargaining unit is required. All members will have an opportunity to vote on whether they agree with sending outstanding issues to arbitration.
If a majority of those who vote accept arbitration as a resolution to this round of bargaining, the process will begin and job action will be avoided.
If a majority of those who vote reject binding arbitration, the conciliator will file his report, triggering the 14-day countdown to strike or lockout.
Members will receive a copy of the proposal and a ballot at the information and voting sessions. These sessions will be arranged as soon as possible to explain the process and allow the members to cast their ballots.
The union website (http://nsgeu.ca) will post the times and locations of the information and voting sessions. Members are encouraged to contact the Labour Resource Centre for further information or with questions.
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