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Tentative deal in NSCC labour dispute

By Steve MacArthur Mar 17, 2024 | 5:43 PM

A strike has been avoided at Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) campuses after a last minute deal.

In an email, the college and the Atlantic Academic Union (AAU) confirm they have found common ground and reached a tentative agreement. 

It comes just as workers were set to hit the picket lines on Monday.

“We worked hard to understand our different perspectives while pushing to ensure the most equitable offer that would also acknowledge the economic realities of our members. These are new agreements that set us on a positive path,” said AAU Lead Negotiator, Susan Thompson Graham.

The union represents nearly 1,100 faculty and support staff and is recommending its members accept the agreements and will hold a vote by the membership this week.

The college will be open and classes, courses and student services will continue as usual on Monday.

“These agreements are opportunities to strengthen the learning environment for students and employees now and in the future,” said NSCC President, Don Bureaux. “I am grateful for the patience and understanding of employees, students and partners throughout the collective bargaining process.”

The deal avoids what would have been the first strike in the history of the college.