Talks broke off earlier today between Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 42 and their employer, the Capital District Health Authority. The union has filed for conciliation and will be conducting a strike vote.
“We were hoping to reach an agreement, but there is absolutely no way we can recommend the employer’s final offer to our members,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome. “It leaves us no option but to go to the next step in the process.”
The employer’s final offer includes many concessions, and a wage offer that falls far behind expected cost of living increases.
NSGEU Local 42 is comprised of more than 3,800 health care professionals who work at all of Capital Health’s sites in HRM and Hants County. Members of the local also work across the province through Public Health, and even in dialysis units in New Brunswick and PEI.
They work under more than 150 job titles including Licensed Practical Nurses, Occupational Therapists, Medical Lab Techs, Sterile Processing Techs, ER Paramedics, Diagnostic Imaging Techs, Social Workers, Unit Aides, and Personal Support Workers.
For more information, contact NSGEU President Joan Jessome at 471-4566 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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