VON home support staff reject employer's offer, strike possible

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Pictou County VON home support staff as well as three other NSGEU Locals could soon strike.



Members of the Pictou County Local 85 voted 100 per cent in favour of rejecting an employer’s offer at an emergency meeting last night.

Members of VON in Kings/Annapolis Counties (Local 31), the Tri-County (Local 40) and Colchester & East Hants Counties (Local 35) also voted against it. 

‎“The members are sending a strong message to the employer that it is time they had parity with other workers who do the same job and share the same qualifications but work in a hospital setting,” says Joan Jessome, President of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union. “They certainly deserve the same hourly wage their counterparts receive.”

Talks with the VON, which had entered the conciliation process, broke down on Monday afternoon.

The results of the votes are:

Local 31, VON, Kings/Annapolis County, voted 97% in favour of rejection;

Local 40, Home Support, VON Tri-County, voted 97% in favour of rejection;

Local 35, VON Colchester & East Hants Counties, voted 99% in favour of rejection;

Local 85, VON Pictou County, voted 100% in favour of rejection.

The conciliator will be filing his report on Feb. 17, which will trigger a 14-day countdown to a strike. The countdown would begin on Tuesday, Feb. 18.

There are approximately 240 members of NSGEU Local 31 (VON Kings-Annapolis County); 38 members of  Local 40 (Home Support, VON Tri-County); 295 members of Local 35 (VON Colchester & East Hants); and 100 members of  Local 85 (VON Pictou).

Organizations: Employees Union, NSGEU Local 31, Local 40 Local 35

Geographic location: Pictou County, VON Tri-County, Colchester East Hants Nova Scotia Annapolis County

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Recent comments

  • Rob MacKay
    February 12, 2014 - 15:29

    It took the misfortune of requiring the assistance of the VON made my family and myself realize JUST HOW FORTUNATE we were to have access these professionals' service provided at nearly any time of the day or night sometimes in very difficult weather conditions. SUPPORT THESE WORKERS !!!!!

  • Judy Graham
    February 12, 2014 - 13:05

    It is time that the VON workers are paid the same wage as their hospital counterparts! Working alone and being on the roads in all kinds of weather can be dangerous!