HALIFAX, Jan. 28, 2013 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU),
representing public school teachers in the province, has asked the
Minister of Labour and Advanced Education, Marilyn More, to appoint a
conciliation officer to assist with provincial negotiations.
"While we have made progress throughout the bargaining process, our
negotiating committee believes the services of a conciliation officer
will help us reach a collective agreement," says NSTU president Shelley
The NSTU requested the opening of negotiations on March 1, 2012 and the
exchange of packages took place on June 12, 2012. Since that date, the
NSTU and the Department of Education have held nine negotiating
sessions. The current agreement between public school teachers and the
province expired on July 31, 2012.
Under the Teachers' Collective Bargaining Act, either party can request
the appointment of a conciliation officer. Once appointed, the
conciliation officer has 14 days to meet with the parties to assist in
reaching a collective agreement. This term may be extended if
necessary. The conciliation officer reports directly to the Minister of
Labour and Advanced Education at the end of the process.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union is currently in the midst of negotiating
a new contract with its Community College members as well. The contract
between the Community College faculty and Community College
professional support staff bargaining units and the NSCC expired on
August 31, 2011.
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 offered to children and youth in Nova Scotia, while promoting
and advancing the teaching profession in the province.
SOURCE: NOVA SCOTIA TEACHERS UNION
For further information:
Angela Murray, NSTU Public Relations Coordinator
Telephone: 902-479-4708, Cell: 902-497-0194, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org