NSTU News Release February 21, 2018

NSTU votes to protect public education

Nova Scotia teachers voted firmly in favour of protecting public education by giving the NSTU a strike mandate.

Eighty-two and a half per cent voted in favour of job action. Ninety-four per cent of NSTU public schools members participated in the vote.

“Teachers are prepared to put themselves at risk, both professionally and financially, to stop a damaging experiment in our public education system,” says NSTU President, Liette Doucet.

To read the full News release from the NSTU website CLICK HERE Article will open in new window.

What will the Teachers Do?

The NSTU has voted overwhelmingly in favor of job action.

What will they do?
How will their actions affect us as CUPE members?

We will try to keep our membership informed as things develop. Watch for notices to members that could be posted on bulletin boards, and will be published on this website. Things may happen quickly without much time to prepare.

The CBC has written an article “NSTU votes in favour of illegal job action, wants meeting with minister, premier”.
CLICK HERE to open this article in new window.
NOTE: This link is from the CBC website and may disappear if they change or update their story.

Local Officer Contact Info – 2018

How do I contact my ‘Local Union Official’?

Sherrylynn has asked that I make available the memo, she created, that gives contact information for the Executive and most of the other committee positions in our local.

However, there is a security and privacy concern about publishing this information ‘openly’ on these pages. Anything shown on this website can be viewed by anyone with an internet connection, anywhere in the world, and that includes spambots and data miners. To minimize the risk, Sherrylynn’s memo has been converted to a pdf file and requires you to Click Here to view or download it.

CUPE Press Release – 2018-01-24

Liberal government throws education sector into chaos

That is the title of this press release from CUPE concerning the NS Government’s intent to amalgamate all seven English School Boards into a single unit. Details are sparse.

We should be concerned that this might affect our collective bargaining process even more that it does now. Could this be a pre-cursor to having just a single Collective Agreement between the various CUPE locals and this new ‘Super Board’, instead of each Region being able to negotiate separate CA’s.

CUPE National, CUPE Nova Scotia and the each Local Executive will be consulting on the best way to approach this and ensure that members rights are maintained.

Read the press release here.

Or, you can view the article on the CUPE Nova Scotia website by clicking the link below.

Liberal government throws education sector into chaos

Wanted – Changes to Local 3890 By-Laws

Need someone to propose amendment to By-Laws

Our CUPE Local 3890 By-Laws
Section 4 -Membership Meeting – (Regular and Special)
Paragraph A
– sets particular dates for General Membership Meetings. The meeting dates in February and May need to be changed to reflect the influence of the new February holiday as well as the occasional conflict with the May Victoria Day holiday.

Heritage day in NS is celebrated on the third Monday in February, while the by-law sets the Truro meeting on the third Sunday. Where the month could start on any one of seven days of the week, on six of those variations, the Holiday and the meeting are set on adjacent days. Usually we do not hold a meeting on a long holiday weekend. These meetings would have to be rescheduled.

A similar situation arises in May with Victoria Day. It is set for the Monday immediately preceding May 25, so it can occur anywhere from the eighteenth to the twenty-fourth. If May started on Saturday or Sunday, there would be no conflict, but on any of the other five possible variations, the meeting would fall on the day before a holiday. Again, the meetings would be rescheduled so as to avoid a long weekend.

Rather than set a specific date to hold the meeting. I suggest an amendment that specifies how to move any scheduled meeting if a Holiday conflict occurs. Language something like “If any meeting is set to fall on a holiday weekend, then the meeting will be moved to the following weekend, so as not to conflict.”

Presently the membership is not sure when the meeting will be held when a conflict develops. Will it be one week before, one week after or some other time. By having a set policy in place for conflicts, where the meeting is always moved to the following weekend, It makes it easier for members to know when meetings will be held. (Subject only to weather phenomena, which none of us can control.)

An amendment to the by-laws requires that a series of steps be followed in a logical sequence. First a member has to make a motion at a General Membership Meeting, and have it seconded. Notice is then made that the motion will come to a vote at the NEXT General Membership Meeting and then it has to be passed by a majority of members present at that meeting. Finally, before the by-law becomes official, it has to be Approved by the National President of CUPE. This approval has to be in writing.

The same Section 4 – Paragraph A of the bylaw gives the Executive Board the ability to change the meeting date with a week’s notice, but it does not address whether the meeting will be moved ahead or back, nor the amount of the change, just so long as a week’s notice is given. Making the change that I comment on here would give a consistent approach to re-scheduling a meeting that members could plan on. The Executive could implement the suggested by-law change, just by stating that they will always follow a set procedure, which is in line with the proposal.

Regional Elections – 2017

Here are the results of the Regional Elections held on Saturday, November 18, 2017.

Central Region

Vice-President:                                            Robert (Bob) Bradley
Trustee:                                                         Greg Brightman
Negotiation Committee member:           Steve Trites
Wellness Committee member:                Jennylynn Wardrope
Bursary Committee member:                   Dana Flemming
Steward:                                                        Val Yantha
Steward:                                                        Don Fraser
Steward:                                                        Teresa Benere

Northern Region

Vice-President:                                            Clint Eagles
Trustee:                                                          Lisa Davison
Negotiation Committee member:           Dave Yorke
Wellness Committee member:                Betty Moore
Bursary Committee member:                   Eileen Hopper
Steward:                                                        Dave Yorke
Steward:                                                        Lisa Davison
Steward:                                                        Sandra Green-Butler

Eastern Region

Vice-President:                                            Robert MacKay
Trustee:                                                         Darrell Pettipas
Negotiation Committee member:           Chester Dewar
Wellness Committee member:                Darrell Pettipas
Bursary Committee member:                   Lola Tree
Steward:                                                        Kevin Darroch
Steward:                                                        Dave Stewart
Steward:                                                        Scott Hefler
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