NOTE: The following is a statement from Premier Stephen McNeil
This week, the third deal recommended by the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Union to its membership failed in a ratification vote. This was the third deal — all were reached at the bargaining table and recommended by the union.
The latest deal contained fair wage increases and made investments in classrooms. It showed we wanted to work with teachers to make our classrooms stronger.
After three tentative agreements, it is clear there is an impasse.
The strike action by the union has impacted students and their families for too long. The union’s actions and directives have caused harm to students — to their learning outcomes, university and college ambitions, and athletic aspirations. This is not acceptable and can no longer continue.
I wrote the speaker and requested he call back the legislature on Monday, Feb. 13.
I want to assure Nova Scotians that I have done considerable soul searching. It is clear: we must bring an end to this dispute so the lives of students and parents can return to normal.
On Monday, we will table legislation that will bring an end to this dispute as soon as possible.