Nova Scotia is now in a provincial election campaign. This is an opportunity to let your local candidates know what issues are important to you and to find out which party best represents your interests. Local 1928 has sent a survey to each of the political party leaders asking them to state their position on three issues: 1) the protection of negotiated benefits like defined benefit pension plans, 2) the maintenance of jobs (and ultimately customer service levels) at the provincial power utility, particularly in rural areas, and 3) maintaining the responsibility of Nova Scotia Power through provincial electrical regulations to inspect (and thus ensure safe) industrial, commercial, and residential wiring installations.
During an election campaign, candidates are obligated to respond to these kind of surveys---we will let you know what we discover about each of the political party leaders on these issues.
The Canadian Labour Congress is offering "together FAIRNESS WORKS" leaders' seminars across the country from September 10th to 28th. These seminars are targeted to local union leadership and will introduce the goals and strategy for building greater member engagement, provide information and approaches for initiating activites related to the "together FAIRNESS WORKS project" or other campaigns and activities. The Halifax seminar will be held on Saturday September 14th. If you are interested in attending, please contact Business Manager Jeff Richardson.
Due to a scheduling conflict, the East's unit meetings (Sydney, Port Hawkesbury, New Glasgow, and Truro) are moving ahead by one week so that the Business Manager can attend. The new dates are in the IBEW calendar on the website (same day of the week, just one week earlier).
The Local 1928 negotiating team for Emera Utility Services (EUS) has reached a tentative agreement with the employer on a five-year agreement that would see wages increase by 2.5% in each year of the agreement. Other highlights include a new provision for compensation for company-requested travel in a line truck and compensation for helicopter work at 1.5 times the regular rate. Members from EUS will receive a summary of the agreement by mail and voting will take place in early September (details of voiting logistics to be included with the mailed summary). Recognizing that many EUS members are traveling, shop stewards and staff will be available by phone to answer questions, and we can email material to you digitally as well.