Teach­ers to vote on con­tract to­day

Win­ter weather could push de­ci­sion to Thurs­day

Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON/ATLANTIC -

A mixed bag of win­ter weather will likely de­lay the fi­nal re­sults on the lat­est Nova Sco­tia teach­ers con­tract.

Although the rat­i­fi­ca­tion vote for Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union mem­bers is set for to­day, the fore­casted snow and ice pel­lets overnight Tues­day was ex­pected to close schools in at least some parts of the prov­ince.

An­gela Mur­ray, spokes­woman for the NSTU, said the elec­tronic polls open at 6 a.m. to­day for those teach­ers who have reg­u­lar school. How­ever, vot­ing will be ex­tended into Thurs­day for those mem­bers whose school boards can­cel class due to snow.

“We won’t have re­sults (Wed­nes­day),” Mur­ray said.

In the case all schools are open and the weather doesn’t turn out to be too bad, Mur­ray said all vot­ing will hap­pen to­day — but “more than likely” they will need un­til Thurs­day to make sure all the votes come in.

The NSTU has been try­ing to ham­mer out a deal with the prov­ince since last year, and this is the third ten­ta­tive agree­ment the union has rec­om­mended teach­ers ac­cept.

Teach­ers have been en­gaged in work-to-rule job ac­tion for all but a week since early De­cem­ber, af­ter a se­cond con­tract agree­ment was re­jected late last year.

It’s be­lieved an­other con­tract re­jec­tion could be com­ing this week, since many teach­ers have ex­pressed frus­tra­tion that the lat­est agree­ment doesn’t of­fer enough spe­cific changes or fund­ing to help class­room con­di­tions.

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