Good Morning County.
Many of you have had a chance by now to review the Glaze report, and to attend the NSTU information sessions. I have been sending out a few talking points, and hope that has been helpful. The NSTU is holding a town hall on Tuesday, which simply requires a phone, and will be yet another opportunity for you to ask questions. If you are in the system, you should have already received an information call on Friday to explain the process.
All three locals are hosting town hall events of their own to infom the public of our concerns. These include:
Tuesday, February 13th, 6:30 pm at the Legion on Lower Sackville
Thursday, February 15th, 6:30 pm at the Mic Mac Aquatic Club
Monday, February 19th, 7:00 pm at the St. Margaret’s Bay Center
Tuesday, Feb 20th, The Bella Rosa Center (Time yet to be confirmed)
Wednesday, February 21st, 6:00 pm at Cole Harbour place.
There are several other events planned around the Province, and I encourage you to monitor social media sites and alert any family/ friend you may have in those communities to attend and get informed.
There have already been questions put to me about a potential “union bias” to these presentations, and there is probably some concern there. However, our message will be mostly about applying a “sober second thought” to the Glaze report. There are many ideas being proposed in Glaze that certainly anyone can get behind, but there are obviously some pretty contentious ones. Regardless of how people feel individually, I think it must be recognized that we currently have a provincial contract, albeit an imposed one, and are also operating a regionally negotiated contract. Several of the recommendations from the Glaze report actually change the conditions of those contracts, without allowing us to be consulted or to have a say.
Now, not everyone may be a fan of the collective bargaining process, but if the employer can open our contract and change the conditions within in it when they feel it necessary, that should give everyone pause. What then, is the point of having a contract in the first place? If this report gets adopted as proposed, there would be little to prevent the employer from “coming back for more” as it suits them. A contract is a contract, and the terms should remain intact until such a time as they are changed by bargaining.
There are, of course, many other concerns,and certainly these have been raised far and wide. Please try to get as informed as you can, and encourage folks to come out to the sessions.
For anyone who may be interested in running, today marks the opening of the Local Presidential Election. This is a great opportunity for anyone who wishes to take on an amazing (albeit challenging) job. If you wish to find out more information, or to put your name forward, please contact HfxCoNominations@nstu.ca
Have a great week.