TRURO – Members of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union, Local 71, have voted 91 per cent in favour of strike action to support their demands at the bargaining table.
Local 71 members, who work for the Chignecto-Central Regional School Board, include educational assistants, clerks, administrative professionals, IT specialists, librarians and library specialists.
The vote was counted Monday night in Truro. Out of 434 votes, 396 were cast in favour of the strike action.
“The employer wants us to move backwards and accept concessions,” said union president Joan Jessome. “We are not prepared to do this. Our members are asking for respect at the bargaining table with improvements to working conditions – not takeaways.”
Their last contract expired June 30, 2012.