VON changes attendance management program for NSGEU members

Changes made to attendance program for NSGEU/NUPGE members without consulting union.

Halifax (06 June 2017) — The President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU/NUPGE) sent a message to the members working for the Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) to say the union has not agreed to the attendance management program that the employer is trying to implement.

VON implements changes to attendance program without consulting union

The employer sent an email on May 31 outlining a new Attendance Management program that it is implementing effective June 1. The communication told workers that this program had been reviewed by the union and that it is compliant with the terms and conditions of the NSGEU collective agreements.

The NSGEU/NUPGE has posted a statement to its members working at VON, saying that the employer's statement "is categorically false."

NSGEU/NUPGE representatives did receive 2 versions of this program in previous weeks and had a chance to review the changes but the union was not successful in scheduling a meeting with VON representatives to discuss the union's concerns. The union had hoped to meet with the employer to discuss the issues, and correct them, before implementing the changes. 

The NSGEU/NUPGE is filing policy grievances to challenge the program for each VON Local that is currently represented.

In the mean time, if members have any questions or concerns regarding the new Attendance Management program, they can contact the steward in their workplace or members can contact an Employee Relations Officer by calling 902-424-4063 (1-877-556-7438) or emailing inquiry@nsgeu.ca.

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The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 370,000 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