The award came after five days of mediation-arbitration which took place last week and concludes a process that began in October, 2016.
“I wouldn’t have a job without the union. They helped get my position sorted out when amalgamation took place. It took a year, but in the end it was all worth it.” — Sheldon Bisson, NSGEU member celebrating 50 years on the job
These members help people find a job or explore career possibilities, as well as help people access government-sponsored programs that assist with employment, training, and supports.
Halifax (18 July 2018) — The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) is pleased to welcome its newest members who are employees of the Island Employment Association. They work as career practitioners, career counsellors, job developers, employment support practitioners, IT technicians, information resource specialists, and project managers.
"Every Nova Scotian should be able to get the care they need, no matter where they live." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
“We are asking the public to drive with awareness and if they see a vehicle with lights at the side of the road, to please slow down and move over. These roads are their workplaces and we all have a responsibility to keep them safe.” — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
[This] announcement, while flashy, has left more questions than answers. There is one thing for certain, every community in Nova Scotia must now be asking themselves: are we next?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"At this time, our members are facing significant threats to job security and the membership has just given us a strong mandate to address these in conciliation." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
If ratified, the agreement provides a mediation-arbitration process that will conclude collective agreements for bargaining committees for health care, nursing, support services, and administrative professionals.
This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.
"This is not an isolated incident, nurses and health care workers are telling us that the lack of staff and broken equipment is an issue in hospitals and health care facilities across the entire province." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President