Members to vote on employer's final offer on February 20.
Antigonish (19 Feb. 2013) – Conciliation talks broke down last night between St. Francis Xavier (St. F.X.) and the members at the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), support staff, after twelve (12) hours at the table.
“Although we did make some progress yesterday, we weren’t able to make any headway on the two issues most important to the membership, wages and the classification process,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
The classification issue was central to the members when they first unionized in December of 2009.
“The employer has not been willing to attach the pay scales to the classifications, nor steps to the classifications. This is a significant issue for us,” says Jessome.
The members will be voting on the employer’s final offer on February 20.
If the offer is rejected, the conciliator will file his report with the Department of Labour and Advanced Education triggering a 14-day countdown to a legal strike date. This would be 12:01 a.m. on March 8.
There are approximately 135 members of the local who provide administrative, clerical, technical, and library services for St. F.X.
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