We are pleased they were able to achieve many improvements the membership wanted to see.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Halifax (20 Sept. 2011) - Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) members employed at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) voted 70 per cent in favour of a tentative agreement.
“The bargaining committee and their chief negotiator Grant Vaughan have worked hard through long and difficult negotiations in order to reach this agreement,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome. “We are pleased they were able to achieve many improvements the membership wanted to see.”
A tentative agreement was reached on August 12. Voting took place at NSCC campuses across the province and votes were counted on September 19.
The two-year collective agreement will be in effect from April 1, 2010 until March 31, 2012.
Other than a one per cent wage increase in each of the two years of the agreement, it also includes improvements in shift premiums, professional development leave, severance pay, bereavement leave, service learning days and a health spending account.
The affected members provide a variety of support services including administrative professional services, communication support, general service positions, technical support, library support and facilities support at NSCC locations throughout the province.
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