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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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Nova Scotia health-care workers call new legislation a direct attack on unions

K'JIPUKTUK, HALIFAX - Nova Scotia health-care workers are angry about new legislation that the liberal government introduced on the evening of September 29. 

Well over 600 health-care workers came to Province House to show just how angry they are. They called for Premier McNeil's resignation, and vowed to continue to fight what they consider this Liberal government's consistent anti-labour stance.

The proposed legislation merges the nine district health authorities in the province into two, and reduces the number of collective agreements with health-care units to just four, based on classification. 

So far so good, say the affected unions, but the how and what of the reorganization is a big issue.

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