Bargaining continues to Northwood's Ivany House in Bedford, Nova Scotia

Negotiations resume for NSGEU/NUPGE members at Northwood's Ivany House as strike countdown continues.

logo for the Nova Scotia Halifax (31 Aug. 2012) – The bargaining committee for members of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) employed by Northwood who work at Ivany House in Bedford, are heading back to the table on September 4.

“We are glad we were called back to the table and hope we can reach an agreement we can recommend to the membership and avoid any labour disruption,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU President. “We are looking for improvements on many outstanding issues.”

The union has been in a 14-day countdown to a strike and will be in a legal position to strike as of September 5 at 12:01 a.m.

The numerous outstanding issues include a dental plan and a retirement allowance. Northwood already provides a dental plan for other employees who work at their Gottingen St. location as well as those who work for Northwood Homecare. Members currently have a retirement allowance and the employer has proposed that this be taken away.

There are 158 members of the bargaining unit who have a range of occupations including food service worker, cook, client support assistant, recreation programmer, laundry worker, environmental services worker, area support clerk, maintenance worker and continuing care assistant.


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


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