News brief: Nova Scotia’s health care workers have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new collective agreement that includes annual wage increases into 2023 and contract language improvements. When the Statistics Canada estimated inflation rates over the period are taken into account most workers will be marginally less well off at the end of the contract.
Media release: Nova Scotia’s health care workers have voted to ratify a new collective agreement. Eighty-two (82) per cent of the members who voted cast their ballot to accept the agreement, which provides for reasonable wage increases in each of the three years it spans, as well as significant language improvements.
News release: Late Tuesday, a tentative agreement was reached between the Health Care Council of Unions (NSGEU, CUPE & Unifor) and Nova Scotia Health and IWK.
Media release: After hailing health care workers as “heroes” for the past 16 months, the Rankin government refuses to negotiate a deal that will lift many of these workers from being amongst the lowest paid in the country. Now, these same health care workers may be forced to take strike action to achieve a fair collective agreement.
Media release: The union representing school support staff at all Regional Centres for Education and the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial is calling on Premier Rankin to listen to the educational support staff who do the actual work of maintaining schools and keeping students safe.
The union representing workers at child care centres and all regional centres for education across the province is calling Premier Iain Rankin’s plan to reopen schools, while two regions are still under lockdown, as risky and unmanageable.
Early childhood educators represented by CUPE are asking the minister for a smaller staff-to-children ratio, lower classroom capacity limits, defined cohorts and larger spaces, to reduce the potential spread of COVID-19 within child care centres.
Early childhood educators are calling on the Rankin government to make their health and safety at work a top priority during the circuit breaker and school closures currently happening in Halifax, Nova Scotia. If child care centres remain open during the current circuit breaker, additional preventative measures need be taken to reduce the risk for staff and for the children.
Media release: With case numbers of COVID-19 escalating among school aged children and with many ndw variants in the province, the risk has clearly increased. However, the government has not done enough in response to reduce the risk.
Representatives from the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions are pleased that Nova Scotia Public Health and the Halifax Regional Centre for Education (HRCE) have taken decisive action today, closing 32 schools due to the discovery of active cases of COVID-19 in at least nine public schools this week.