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What does the Bill 1 decision mean for Nova Scotia health-care unions?

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Monday, arbitrator James Dorsey released his decision on Bill 1, the Nova Scotia Bill which will change the labour landscape for Nova Scotia health-care workers.

The explicit meaning of the 196-page decision wasn't immediately clear. However, in the hours after the announcement, all four health-care unions affected expressed their satisfaction with the ruling, which they say resembles the bargaining association model favoured by labour.

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Tensions run high as Nova Scotia's Bill 1 arbitration hearings come to a close

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After a week of presentations, arbitration hearings over Nova Scotia's controversial health-care Bill, Bill 1, will come to a close tomorrow.

The Bill proposes to merge the number of bargaining units in acute care from 49 contracts to four contracts and re-assign union members to unions not necessarily of their choosing.

The four major health care unions - Unifor, the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU), Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Nova Scotia Nurses' Union (NSNU) - would each be assigned to represent one of the units.

On the first 2 days of the hearing, arbitrator James Dorsey heard from 3 of the 4 unions who say that the newly institute Health Authorities Act violates the Charter rights of their members.

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Mediation fails, Nova Scotia's Bill 1 moves to arbitration

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After weeks in mediation, a settlement could not be reached between Nova Scotia's four health-care unions and acute care employers.

With the help of mediator James Dorsey, the talks intended to help the parties involved reach consensus on how to accommodate Bill 1.

The legislation, introduced by the Liberal government on October 3, will amalgamate the province's health district authorities. By reducing the number of bargaining units in acute care from 49 contracts to four contracts, the Bill will re-assign union members to unions not necessarily of their choosing.

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