Earlier this month, Nova Scotia's four major health-care unions announced that they would be forming bargaining councils to negotiate under a newly streamlined provincial health-care system, which comes into effect today.
For anyone who has been following this roller-coaster of a story, the announcement may have come as a surprise.
In a decision rendered only a few weeks earlier, arbitrator-mediator James Dorsey had awarded NSGEU two of four possible bargaining units. Unhappy with this decision, Health Minister Leo Glavin then announced that he would fire the arbitrator.
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.
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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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.
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.