Members of the NSP Bargaining Unit will begin voting later this week on a tentative agreement for contract renewal reached with NSP through conciliation on June 10, 2015. (The existing contract expired on March 31, 2015.) Eligible voters will receive their Voter Information package (which includes details of the tentative agreement) this week by mail at the last address that the Local has on file for you. The vote runs from 9am on Friday June 26th until 12pm on Tuesday June 30th. Eligible voters can cast their vote by phone or by internet (specific instructions in your Voter Information letter). The supporting documents can also be obtained by 1) attending a Unit meeting (which continue this week in the West), 2) visiting the "Members" section of the Local 1928 website (you need to log in to access it), or 3) by contacting the union hall (sign up for our distribution email list).
Results are in on the voting on the Final Offer from NSP (dated May 14, 2015). The result is:
"For" the Offer: 25
"Against" the Offer: 617
Percentage in Favour of Offer: 4%
Percentage Against Offer: 96%
Voter Participation: 69.9% of eligible voters participated (total number of people who voted: 642)
Fortis BC locked out its IBEW unionized employees (Local 213) for six months in 2013. This blog article describes the negative effects on bargaining with a provincially regulated, privately-owned utility in a legislative environment that includes essential services legislation. The author is a labour and employment lawyer who represented COPE during the work stoppage (COPE is another union at the utility that was not locked out).
Members of the NSP bargaining unit please be aware that the secure electronic vote on NSP's final offer closes at 9am tomorrow (Tuesday). If you think you should have received a Voter Information pacakage in the mail, or if you have any questions about how to cast your vote or need a copy of the offer summary, please call the Local office. (The NSP Negotiating Team has not recommended this Final Offer, presented on May 14, 2015.)
The Unit 5 specially-called meeting will be held at the Future Inn tonight, May 28, at 7pm. The Future Inn is located at 30 Fairfax Dr, Halifax, just off the 102 at the Bayer's Lake/Lacewood Dr. exit. (NOTE: THE MEETING IS NOT AT THE JK BELL UNION CENTRE.)