This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.
Nova Scotia Government and General Employees' Union
Halifax (03 April 2018) — On March 29, the Liberal McNeil government tabled legislation, Bill No. 107, that will amend the Labour Standards Code to include the right to unpaid leave if a worker or a worker's child/dependent is a victim of domestic violence.
The 6,500 members represented by the Council of Health Care Unions need to send Stephen McNeil a message that he direct the employers to take bargaining seriously and get a deal done.
NSGEU/NUPGE members at Laing House want a fair settlement for the people they serve, and themselves.
Unions do much more than help their members. Unions help people in their communities every day, and especially with projects like Sock it to Poverty.
The NSGEU/NUPGE hopes that by envoking the assistance of a provincial conciliation officer a settlement can be reached.
"By not filling these vacant positions, it leaves our current members working short [staffed] and puts them at an increased risk of violence in the workplace." — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
"This issue was significant enough that government felt it warranted the time and expense of a study. Why are they now dragging their feet on implementing the recommendations that were made?" — Jason MacLean, NSGEU President
NSGEU/NUPGE is optimistic that the strong collective message members have sent will help in the next step of bargaining.
"Creative" bargaining means austerity in Nova Scotia.