Teachers, community colleges in Nova Scotia reach tentative agreement

NSTU recommends agreement to NSCC faculty following 18 months of negotiations
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 05/13/2013

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union (NSTU) and Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) have reached a tentative collective agreement, according to the union.

The agreement on behalf of faculty members employed by the college was reached on May 10, and NTSU provincial executive recommended acceptance of the agreement, which was reached after about 18 months of negotiating.

The faculty bargaining unit includes 732 members who teach at NSCC campuses across Nova Scotia.

"Our goal throughout these negotiations has been to reach a fair and equitable agreement that addresses the particular needs of our faculty members," said NSTU president Shelley Morse. "We will continue to bargain on behalf of our professional support group."

Both the NSTU and NSCC are looking at dates to continue to negotiate a new collective agreement for the 156-member professional support bargaining unit, made up of professionals such as registrars, librarians, counsellors, student support workers and training coordinators at NSCC campuses across Nova Scotia.

Faculty campus representatives were given details of the agreement this evening, which they will share with their members on Monday, May 13. A ratification vote has been set for May 22, 2013.

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union represents more than 10,000 public school teachers, Community College faculty and professional support staff in Nova Scotia and teachers who work for the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

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