Strike averted at com­mu­nity colleges

The Queens County Advance - - NEWS -

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.

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