Teachers Reject Second Tentative Deal
The province’s teachers have voted to reject a second tentative agreement with the province.
The Nova Scotia Teachers Union says 94 percent of its 9-thousand members voted 70 per cent against the deal.
NSTU president Liette Doucette says the union will now look at the possibility of holding a strike vote.
She adds it’s clear improvements negotiated in the second tentative deal were not enough to address teachers concerns of poor working conditions.
Meanwhile, Education Minister Karen Casey says she’s very disappointed to learn about the outcome of the vote.
She adds the collective bargaining process has run its course and goes on to say the province will not be returning to the bargaining table.
And, Opposition Leader Jamie Baillie says Premier Stephen McNeil has many tools at his disposal to avoid a disruption in the school year.
The Progressive Conservative leader goes on to say McNeil’s government should use those tools to ensure there’s no interruption in classroom learning.