Check-In, Monday, December 2nd

Hey there County!

Happy December. I hope today sees all of you feeling at least a small pressure relief now that report cards and Parent/ Teacher meetings are behind you.

For those of you who may not have caught it, the NSTU has just won a major arbitration ruling on the government’s unilateral decision of a little over a year ago to pull certain classifications out of our union. These classifications including speech language pathologists, social workers and psychologists, will now have their NSTU membership fully restored. This is good news for our organization and for worker’s rights in general, and hopefully is a sign of things to come.

In other good news, I would like to congratulate our latest Inspire Award winner, Ash Lee Jefferson’s Lorraine Amirault. Ms. Amirault was quite surprised last week by my arrival at a sudden stand up staff meeting! Thanks to all the staff who helped keep the secret. If you have someone on your staff you believe deserves some recognition, drop me a line at (Click on the pic for a better look!)

Just a few more quick informational items before I wrap up. First, the social committee has cancelled the scheduled wine glass painting event, but will be looking to reschedule a bit later on this winter.

As well, the HRRC is sponsoring the first of two pre-retirement sessions on Tuesday, January 14th at 4:30 pm at the office here at 202 Brownlow. This year, the economic welfare committee is doing things a bit differently in that there will be a number of sessions provided, designed more as a series of courses as opposed to simply a one off. If you are interested in finding out more, or you wish to register, e-mail Tara Arsenau @

Finally, if you wish to put your name forward for the position of VP professional development for our local, the deadline for advance nominations is December 5th. Simply click on the link on our home page for more details.

That’s it for this week, all. Drive safe this week!

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