The NSGEU Collective Agreement 2020: What You Need to Know
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) is a collective bargaining unit that represents over 30,000 members across various sectors in Nova Scotia. The NSGEU collective agreement defines the terms and conditions of the work relationship between the employer and the employees in the bargaining unit.
As of 2020, the NSGEU has entered into a new collective bargaining agreement with the Nova Scotia government, which covers a wide range of issues from wages to benefits. One of the most significant changes in the new agreement is the wage increase.
Effective April 1, 2020, all NSGEU members received a 2% wage increase. This increase applies to all classifications, and it is the first of two planned wage increases outlined in the agreement. The second wage increase of 1.5% will take effect on April 1, 2021.
In addition to wage increases, the NSGEU collective agreement also provides benefits to its members. For instance, all members are eligible for a $1,000 retention payment, which is a one-time payment for continuous service completed, as of June 2020. Members who have completed 25 years of continuous service also qualify for a one-time payment of $1,500.
The agreement also includes specific provisions for certain classifications, such as those who work in health care or as correctional officers. For example, the NSGEU collective agreement allows the employer to hire more part-time correctional officers, which could potentially lead to more full-time positions in the future.
Other significant changes in the agreement include a commitment by the employer to work with the union on reviewing the classification structure, as well as creating a paid leave for members of the union to attend educational courses related to their work.
Overall, the NSGEU collective agreement 2020 represents a positive step forward for government employees in Nova Scotia. The wage increases and benefits outlined in the agreement are a testament to the valuable contributions that NSGEU members make to the province, and their hard work is now being recognized and rewarded.