School board members vote in favour of strike action to back demands

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TRURO – Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, Local 71, have voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action to support their demands at the bargaining table.

Local 71 members, who work for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, include educational assistants, clerks, administrative professionals, IT specialists, librarians and library specialists.

The vote was counted Monday night in Truro. Out of 434 votes, 396 were cast in favour of the strike action.

“The employer wants us to move backwards and accept concessions,” said union president Joan Jessome. “We are not prepared to do this. Our members are asking for respect at the bargaining table with improvements to working conditions – not takeaways.” 

Their last contract expired June 30, 2012.

Organizations: Central Regional School Board

Geographic location: Chignecto, Truro

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  • stevieray
    May 15, 2013 - 09:44

    why is it that these folks have to bargain with the Local Board ..while teachers in the same and other boards board get to bargain with the province . The admin's need to be one voice provincially ,,,as should the It's , the librarians and the EA's. 4 different union locals provincially, that negotiate with the Province !

    May 15, 2013 - 08:19

    as a member of this union people should be aware of all the details before making negative comments about the members.

  • Irene Mason
    May 14, 2013 - 11:57

    Don't get too overly demanding. If the board can replace the librarians with volunteers, they wouldn't bat an eye at bringing in volunteers to do any of the other jobs that belong to this union.

  • Unhappy Citizen
    May 14, 2013 - 10:54

    Well I say good luck to them, considering how this school board handles all other responsibilties. They better watch out they may just get rid of their jobs like they have been doing with our schools and then blame the government. I notice they have not taken any pay cuts or other concessions in administration.

  • stevieray
    May 14, 2013 - 10:29

    The VAST majority of the members of this union are EA 's ...a rather vocal group . I believe the issue of rejection lies with them . So what will likely happen is they'll get most of what they want but it will come at a cost to the admin asst;s and the others .....not very fair ......

    • Member
      May 14, 2013 - 13:03

      as a member of this union, Stevieray, you couldn't be more on the money!