Member update on health care bargaining – February 15, 2018

Member update on health care bargaining

The Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions, NSHA, and IWK just completed six days of conciliation. The parties have agreed to another 11 days of bargaining over the course of the next few months. Bargaining in January and February produced some steady progress. But, the Employers also tabled some significant takeaways. The Employers made … Read more…

School board support staff voice concerns about restructuring of the Nova Scotia education system

Classroom desks: School board support staff voice concerns about restructuring of the Nova Scotia education system

“Support staff in schools across Nova Scotia are concerned that restructuring school boards will create unstable labour relations, much like what we’ve seen happen to our health care system,” says Nan McFadgen, president of CUPE Nova Scotia. “They feel this will also negatively impact quality of education for students.” “Any restructuring will create massive disruption … Read more…

Support staff at Halifax Regional School Board ratify contract

Halifax Regional School Board sign

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 5047 is pleased to announce that members voted 96% in favour of ratifying a collective agreement in meetings that took place February 10 and 11, 2018. CUPE 5047 represents school board support staff at the Halifax Regional School Board. “It’s our understanding that the school board will hold … Read more…

Union reaches tentative deal with Halifax Regional School Board

Halifax Regional School Board sign

Support staff represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, CUPE Local 5047, is pleased to announce that the union has reached a tentative agreement with their employer, the Halifax Regional School Board, on Thursday, February 1, 2018. No further details will be released until the agreement is presented to the members of CUPE 5047. … Read more…

Overwhelming strike mandate for Cape Breton University workers

Cape Breton University

Support staff at Cape Breton University, members of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 3131, voted 96 per cent in favour of a strike mandate on January 29, 2018. Eight face-to-face bargaining sessions took place and, after talks broke down last week, the union applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced … Read more…

Liberal government throws education sector into chaos

group of school kids and teacher in classroom

Today’s announcement by Minister Churchill to consolidate Nova Scotia’s seven English school boards into one, while heavy on policy change, includes no details on how the government plans to implement those changes. Nan McFadgen, President of CUPE Nova Scotia, says, “With the lack of details regarding the path to achieving this plan, the minister has … Read more…

Liberal commissioned report misses the mark – Local governance remains best for Nova Scotia’s education system

CUPE representatives are dismayed that recommendations for the province’s education system, by Dr. Avis Glaze, will see the McNeil Liberal government repeat the mistakes they made in health care. “We are not surprised that the McNeil Liberal government’s commissioned report falls in line with the Liberal Party’s motion at their 2016 AGM to create two … Read more…

Union applies for conciliation in bargaining with Cape Breton University

The union representing support staff at Cape Breton University in Sydney has applied to the Nova Scotia Department of Labour and Advanced Education for conciliation in contract negotiations that broke off on January 18, 2018. Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) National Representative Kathy MacLeod says the union hopes to meet with the conciliator as … Read more…