Union seeks conciliator for community college negotiations

    HALIFAX, May 5 /CNW/ - The Nova Scotia Teachers Union, representing some
900 faculty and professional support staff in the province's community college
system, has requested the Minister of Labour appoint a conciliation officer to
assist with negotiations.
    The community college and Union have held 12 negotiating sessions since
contract talks opened on June 5, 2008.
    "Our negotiating committee believes that no further progress towards a
collective agreement can be made without the services of a conciliation
officer," says NSTU President Alexis Allen, citing equity issues as the major
stumbling block between the Union and College which receives its funding from
the Department of Education.
    "We find it beyond comprehension that government would choose to single
out one group of employees to penalize after reaching agreements with
virtually every other bargaining unit in the public service," says Allen.
    In early April, teachers and the Province signed an agreement that saw
raises of 2.9 per cent in each of the two years of the contract. The College
has advised the NSTU that there is no commitment from the Province to support
economic increases of 2.9 per cent beyond August 31, 2009.
    "At heart, the over-riding issue in the current impasse is one of
fairness," says the NSTU president. "It seems that government has decided to
make an example of our community college members. I can assure this government
that teachers are fully prepared to support their colleagues in the community
college system."

    The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents 10,900 public school teachers
and community college faculty and professional support staff. Organized in
1895, its programs are directed towards improving the quality of public
education in Nova Scotia.

For further information:

For further information: Media Contact: Angela Murray, Nova Scotia
Teachers Union, Cell: (902) 497-0194, amurray@nstu.ca

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