“There is a lot of work ahead and the employer should understand that the membership is determined to see them live up to this agreement and the process it outlines.” - Joan Jessome, NSGEU President.
Halifax (14 Aug. 2012) - Members of the Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE), employed by Northwood Homecare, have voted in favour of the tentative agreement.
The members were in a strike position as of Aug. 13. The two sides negotiated throughout the weekend to reach a deal.
“We are pleased that the members have a new collective agreement with a memorandum of understanding that begins the process of eliminating the mandatory two hour unpaid availability requirement,” says Joan Jessome, NSGEU President. “There is a lot of work ahead and the employer should understand that the membership is determined to see them live up to this agreement and the process it outlines.”
The current contract expired March 31, 2010 and the parties have been in negotiations since November 2011.
This contract affects over 400 members who provide home care services through Northwood Homecare.
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