Time to solve labour dis­pute

Cape Breton Post - - EDITIORIAL -

This dis­pute be­tween the Nova Sco­tia Teach­ers’ Union (NSTU) and the pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment has gone on too long.

The teach­ers have turned down three ten­ta­tive agree­ments. For God’s sake, tell your ne­go­ti­at­ing team what you want! To turn down three ten­ta­tive agree­ments in a row is an in­sult to your ne­go­ti­at­ing team. The over­all out­come is a loss of re­spect for the stu­dents and the par­ents.

It is easy to sit home and vote for a con­tract via com­puter, but to ac­tu­ally show up at a union meet­ing and voice your con­cerns does not seem to mat­ter.

I be­lieve and al­ways will in ne­go­ti­a­tions, but as a strong (now re­tired) mem­ber of my union I have to say this is the most con­fus­ing, be­fud­dled en­gage­ment I have ever wit­nessed.

If I was NSTU pres­i­dent Li­ette Doucette I would say to the union for the love of God what do you want as a whole? Ap­par­ently, no one knows.

I sin­cerely hope this is­sue is re­solved in the near fu­ture be­cause the only ones who are los­ing are the stu­dents.

Joe Os­borne Glace Bay

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