Bargaining Updates: NSGEU


May 14, 2019

I am pleased to report that the University’s Board of Governors voted on Friday, May 10 to ratify the tentative collective agreement negotiated recently with the Nova Scotia General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 81, representing administrative, technical, and clerical staff at the Mount.

NSGEU Local 81 members also recently voted in favour of accepting the agreement. Formal signing will occur soon.

Sincere thanks to the bargaining teams for their work and commitment over the past several months.

Regards,

Diana

Diana Whalen
Interim Vice-President, Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University


May 2, 2019

I am writing to provide you with an update on negotiations with NSGEU Local 81. The Nova Scotia General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 81 represents administrative, technical, and clerical staff at the Mount.

I am pleased to let you know that a tentative agreement has been reached. Members of the NSGEU have voted in favour of an agreement and the University bargaining team will be recommending the agreement to the Board of Governors.

Thanks to the teams engaged in this bargaining process. We’re pleased to have come to an agreement and look forward to continuing our work together.

Regards,

Diana

Diana Whalen
Interim Vice-President, Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University



April 4, 2019

I am writing to provide you with an update on negotiations with NSGEU Local 81. The Nova Scotia General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 81 represents administrative, technical, and clerical staff at the Mount.

Conciliation talks were held on April 3, at which time the University bargaining team presented a fair offer that is in keeping with other settlements in the region and the Mount’s fiscal circumstances. While a tentative agreement was not reached at the table, the NSGEU Local 81 bargaining team has indicated that they will be taking the University’s latest offer to their members for a vote. We anticipate a meeting of NSGEU Local 81 members will be held soon.

We remain committed to reaching an agreement that meets the needs of both parties.

We will continue to keep you informed about this bargaining process. Please watch this section of the University website for updates.

Kim Healy
Director, Human Resources
Mount Saint Vincent University


March 15, 2019

In early December, the University began bargaining with NSGEU Local 81. The Nova Scotia General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 81 represents administrative, technical, and clerical staff at the Mount.

While a number of items have been advanced since negotiations began, an agreement has not yet been reached and the parties agreed to proceed with negotiations via conciliation. A conciliation date has been set for April 3, 2019.

What is conciliation?
Conciliation is the process of mediation in collective bargaining by a neutral third party knowledgeable in effective negotiation procedures. This third party is called a “conciliator” and their role is to assist employers and unions in reaching mutually agreeable solutions to outstanding issues. Conciliators are appointed by the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education (or a delegate) at the written request of one or both parties to collective bargaining. The conciliator assists the parties to resolve their outstanding issues, promotes a climate of non-adversarial dispute resolution, and suggests ideas/options for the parties’ consideration, but will not attempt to impose any settlement.

The University remains committed to reaching an agreement with NSGEU Local 81, and we look forward to continued negotiations through conciliation.

We will continue to keep you updated on the status of negotiations. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kim Healy
Director, Human Resources
Mount Saint Vincent University


December 4, 2018

I am writing to inform you that negotiations commenced between the Mount Board of Governors and NSGEU Local 81 on December 4, 2018. The Nova Scotia General Employees Union (NSGEU) Local 81 represents administrative, technical, and clerical staff at the Mount.

The bargaining teams have several meetings scheduled over the next couple of months. The University looks forward to another round of productive negotiations.

Brian Jessop, P.Eng, CPM.
Vice-President Administration
Mount Saint Vincent University