Nova Scotia

Teachers union reaches tentative deal with N.S. government

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has reached a tentative new collective agreement with the Nova Scotia provincial government.

Teachers will vote on the proposed deal Dec. 1

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union has reached a tentative deal with the provincial government. (iStock)

The Nova Scotia Teachers Union have reached a tentative new collective agreement with the provincial government.

"We have 10,000 teachers who deserve to have a contract," Nova Scotia Education Minister Karen Casey said Thursday evening.

"We hope this is the one that will allow us to move forward."

The last teachers contract expired July 31. 

Education Minister Karen Casey says she's happy a tentative collective agreement has been reached "quickly" with the Nova Scotia Teachers Union. (CBC)

The executive of the teachers union and provincial representatives have met over the last few weeks, Casey said. Despite a couple scheduling conflicts, the process moved smoothly, she said.

"Obviously it's been supported by the leadership and they're taking it to their membership," Casey said.

"Those are encouraging signs, so we're very happy with that and very pleased we've been able to get to that point so quickly." 

Teachers vote Dec. 1

Teachers have regional meetings Nov. 17 and 18, at which the tentative agreement will be presented, the union said in a joint statement with the province Thursday.

No details about the contents of the tentative agreement are being released until it is ratified by union members. That vote is scheduled for Dec. 1.

Teacher union president Shelley Morse was unavailable for comment Thursday evening.


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