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| March 24, 2015

Daycare workers take to the picket line in Glace Bay, Nova Scotia

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With all the snow that has fallen in Nova Scotia, childcare workers, cooks, and cleaners picketting in Glace Bay snow have their work cut out for them.

The 15 daycare staff are members of Unifor Local 4600, which represents over 1,250 workers, including other childcare providers. They have been on strike since Tuesday. 

The last Town collective agreement expired in December 2013. After negotiations reached a standstill last summer, the town and the daycare workers went to conciliation last month but could not reach a deal. 

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Solidarity! Health-care unions find solution for Bill 1

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The ongoing Bill 1 saga may end happily after all.

After a weeks-long media blackout, Nova Scotia's four health-care unions have emerged from negotiations with the Province to announce that each of the four unions -- NSGEU, NSNU, CUPE and Unifor -- will continue to represent their members, but bargain their agreements jointly using a council model.

"This has been a very challenging time for our health-care workers and for the labour movement as a whole," says President of the Nova Scotia Federation of Labour Rick Clarke in a press release.

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Nova Scotia Bill 1: The saga continues

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The drama continues in Nova Scotia this week, after the provincial Liberals announced plans to create new legislation that would reassign health-care workers to unions not necessarily of their choosing.

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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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