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Cape Breton Post - - CAPE BRETON -

Nova Sco­tia’s 9,300 pub­lic school teach­ers voted over­whelm­ingly Thurs­day to re­ject a ten­ta­tive agree­ment — the third deal en­dorsed by their union ex­ec­u­tive since con­tract talks be­gan in 2015.

“It’s clear our mem­bers are frus­trated, they de­serve bet­ter and what gov­ern­ment of­fered in this agree­ment doesn’t go far enough in ad­dress­ing the real class­room con­cerns that af­fect teach­ers and stu­dents,” Li­ette Doucet, pres­i­dent of the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union, said in a state­ment.

“We don’t know if (the gov­ern­ment) will agree to go back to the ne­go­ti­at­ing ta­ble, if they will leg­is­late a con­tract, change the terms and con­di­tions of em­ploy­ment or lock us out.”

Ed­u­ca­tion Min­is­ter Karen Casey said the out­come of the vote was dis­ap­point­ing for stu­dents, par­ents and the gov­ern­ment, but she did not in­di­cate how the gov­ern­ment would re­spond.

“This was the third ten­ta­tive agree­ment reached with the union lead­er­ship and it was reached af­ter an in­tense and pro­duc­tive pe­riod of bar­gain­ing,’’ Casey said in a state­ment.

“This agree­ment pro­vided a fair wage of­fer and showed we were will­ing to make fur­ther in­vest­ments in class­rooms.”

With th­ese lat­est de­vel­op­ments in mind, we want to know your opin­ion on the on­go­ing labour dis­pute.

In our poll we ask: Who do you think is at fault in the cur­rent labour dis­agree­ment be­tween the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers Union and the prov­ince?

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