Strike averted at community colleges
More than 900 faculty and professional support staff members employed by the Nova Scotia Community College have approved tentative agreements reached between the College and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union on Oct. 19.
Members of the community college faculty voted 85 per cent in favour of their agreement. Members of the professional support unit approved their tentative agreement by 97 per cent. Terms of both collective agreements are from September 1, 2008 to August 31, 2011.
“ We felt this was the best deal possible for our members at this time,” says NSTU president Alexis Allen. “ We will continue to press the important role our College members play in the post-secondary education system and the economy of Nova Scotia.”
“I am pleased that our dedicated and talented colleagues have ratified this new agreement,” says NSCC president Joan McArthur-Blair.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union and Nova Scotia Community College reached tentative collective agreements on behalf of the faculty and professional support staff last Monday averting a strike that was scheduled to begin Tuesday, October 20.
Both agreements contain a 2.9 per cent annual salary increase in 2008-2009, a 1 per cent salary increase in 2009-2010, and a 1 per cent salary increase in 20102011. There is also a 1 per cent adjustment to salary grids to be applied on Sept. 1, 2008.