Premier Stephen McNeil,
On behalf of the Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia, I want to express our solidarity with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union in their pursuit of a fair employment contract, and our dissatisfaction with the Nova Scotia Liberals’ refusal to fairly engage in the collective bargaining process.
As students enrolled in post-secondary institutions across the province, we are acutely aware of the importance of an evolving and well-funded public education system. Teachers’ access to fair wages, robust benefits, and safe and accommodating working conditions are a critical component of such a system.
There is a mechanism in place to ensure that teachers in Nova Scotia maintain these rights: collective bargaining. Your government’s decision to place restrictions on discussions for proposed conciliation boards and mediations, as well as the implementation of Bill 148 – which limits the power of collective bargaining to determine wages – demonstrates a clear disrespect for the collective bargaining process and the rights of public sector workers in Nova Scotia. Post-secondary students across this province demand that the government immediately join the Nova Scotia Teachers Union at the bargaining table in good faith, without placing any restrictions on discussions. Doing so is essential for ensuring high-quality public education in Nova Scotia.
Chairperson, Canadian Federation of Students-Nova Scotia
cc. Nova Scotia Teacher’s Union
cc. The Honorable Kelly Regan, Minister of Labour and Advanced Education
cc. The Honorable Karen Casey, Minister of Education