TRURO – Professional support staff with the Nova Scotia Community College have voted in favour of a tentative agreement reached between the college and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union.
The tentative agreement came together on May 24 and the members voted online to accept it on Tuesday.
Eighty per cent of members of professional support staff voted 97 per cent in favour of their agreement. The duration of the new collective agreement is from September 1, 2011 to August 31, 2014.
The professional support staff bargaining unit includes some 156 professionals such as registrars, librarians, counsellors, student support workers and training co-ordinators at NSCC campuses across the province.
"We're pleased that our professional support members have ratified this agreement, and to see that the hard work and dedication of both sides have come to fruition," said NSTU president Shelley Morse in a press release. "We have ensured settlement of their collective agreement and have now ratified fair and reasonable contracts for all of our members."
Highlights of the agreement include the same salary increase as the recent settlement for public school teachers and community college faculty: a salary increase of 7.5 per cent (7.7 compounded) over three years, with a two per cent increase effective September 1, 2011, a 2.5 per cent increase on September 1, 2012, and three per cent increase on September 1, 2013. It also contains an increase in total care extended benefits, dental, for major restoration services.
Professional support staff have now been allotted an additional professional learning day and are now eligible to engage in the Learning College Portfolio program, in which they can advance their learning to meet professional and organizational goals and receive additional compensation.