NS: Minister appoints mediator in Capital Health, NSGEU battle

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Bruce Outhouse will help in contract negotiations between Capital District Health Authority and the NSGEU Local 97, which represents 2,500 registered nurses.

Joan Jessome, president of NSGEU

[HALIFAX, NS] - Labour and Advanced Education Minister Kelly Regan appointed veteran mediator Bruce Outhouse today to help in contract negotiations between Capital District Health Authority and the NSGEU Local 97, which represents 2,500 registered nurses.

"Mr. Outhouse is an experienced mediator, arbitrator and lawyer who has extensive experience dealing with these types of disputes at both the regional and national levels," said Regan. "A mediator always brings fresh perspective on the issues and I'm hopeful that Mr. Outhouse will be able to help the parties come to an agreement."

Mr. Outhouse's appointment comes after several attempts at private negotiations and conciliation failed, and talks broke off on March 17. Mediation will begin Thursday, March 20.

Mediation is a non-binding tool used to help parties reach a settlement.

Organizations: Capital District Health Authority, NSGEU Local 97

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  • Lex Dunn
    March 26, 2014 - 10:10

    Ms. Jessome is threatening the very movement she is supposed to be upholding. I am a member of a couple of unions and I am furious that Ms. Jessome believes that illegal resignations, at the expense of the health and safety of Nova Scotians, could even be considered a legitimate negotiating tactic. For the sake of our health and the health of the labour union movement, she has to go.