HALIFAX, May 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Community College faculty members of the
Nova Scotia Teachers Union, employed by the Nova Scotia Community
College, have voted in favour of the tentative agreement reached
between the College and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union on May 4. The
online vote took place today.
Seventy-eight per cent of members of the Community College faculty voted
92 per cent in favour of their agreement. The duration of the new
collective agreement is from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2014. The
faculty bargaining unit includes some 720 members who teach at NSCC
campuses across the province.
"We're pleased that our members have ratified this new agreement, and I
congratulate both negotiating teams for their hard work and dedication
in achieving a fair and equitable agreement for our faculty members,"
says NSTU president Shelley Morse. "In the coming days we will continue
the bargaining process on behalf of our professional support members."
Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) president Don Bureaux adds, "I too
am very pleased to see an agreement realized on behalf of NSCC's
dedicated faculty members this evening. It is thanks to the hard work
and commitment of the bargaining teams for both the College and NSTU
that this positive resolution has been achieved."
Highlights of the agreement include the same salary increase as the
recent settlement for public school teachers: a salary increase of 7.5
per cent (7.7 compounded) over three years, with a two per cent
increase effective September 1, 2011, a 2.5 per cent increase on
September 1, 2012, and three per cent increase on September 1, 2013.
Equity in vacation allotment was also achieved in this tentative
agreement, which means that faculty members hired before and after
August 1, 1998 will receive the same vacation entitlement. The
tentative agreement also contains an increase in Total Care Extended
Benefits, Dental, for major restoration services.
Both the NSTU and NSCC are continuing to negotiate a tentative agreement
for the 156-member professional support bargaining unit, made up of
professionals such as registrars, librarians, counsellors, student
support workers and training coordinators.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,000 public school
teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in
Nova Scotia, and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special
Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward
Island. Since 1895, it has worked to improve the quality of public
education for children and youth in Nova Scotia, while promoting and
advancing the teaching profession.
SOURCE: Nova Scotia Teachers Union
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Direct: 902-479-4708 Cell: 902-497-0194, firstname.lastname@example.org, @NSTeachersUnion.
Kathleen Cameron, NSCC, Sr. Communications Advisor, 902-499-7844, Kathleen.Cameron@nscc.ca, @NSCCNews