Nova Scotia Labour Board expands union classification amid education centre dispute

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The Nova Scotia Labour Board has ruled in favor of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union’s application, effectively expanding the union’s certification.

The decision, reached on Aug. 22, 2023, now includes the roles of Support Early Childhood Educator and Lead Early Childhood Educator under the union’s representation umbrella at the Tri-County Regional Centre for Education.

The decision came after the union applied under Section 28 of the Trade Union Act on May 25, 2023. The Tri-County Regional Centre for Education, the respondent in the matter, did not oppose the application.

The board’s Vice-Chair, Augustus Richardson, K.C., presided over the ruling. David Roberts stood for the applicant union, while Mallory Adams represented the education center. Though a case management date was initially slated for July 7, 2023, it was not held.

Per the board’s decision, the terms of general application in the existing collective agreement will apply immediately to the newly included classifications.

However, specific terms and conditions applicable to the roles of Support Early Childhood Educator and Lead Early Childhood Educator will continue as is until the end of the current collective agreement. Any subsequent changes will only occur if both parties decide to amend the agreement’s terms for these classifications.

For more information see Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union v Tri-County Regional Centre for Education, 2023 NSLB 95 (CanLII)

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