NSGEU members vote 98% in favour of strike action

Overwhelming strike vote by NSGEU members at Northwood Bedford West to support bargaining.

Halifax (24 April 2012) -  Members of the Nova Scotia Govenment & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), who work at Northwood Bedford West, have voted 98 per cent in favour of a strike to back their bargaining demands in conciliation.

“Our members have spoken loud and clear,” says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union. “They are looking for a fair offer during conciliation that addresses their concerns and respects the value of the work they do.”

There have been six days of negotiations. The outstanding issues include: wage parity, vacation allocation, weekend and shift premiums, training, maternity leave top-up and overtime. The union has filed for conciliation and is awaiting dates.

The 160 members, employed in such positions as continuing care assistants, maintenance workers, client support assistants, utility workers, housekeeping, laundry, cooks, programmers, and area support clerks are fighting for their first collective agreement.

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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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