As candidate for the next President of our union, I have a great deal of experience of where we as an organization have been, a deep understanding of where we are presently and a clear vision of where the NSTU needs to be in the future.
In the next calendar year, we will begin the collective agreement bargaining process. As President, I would make sure that the NSTU is ready. Negotiation is not only the back-and-forth that occurs at the table. There are significant outside factors that affect negotiations. We saw this very clearly when a previous McNeil government tried to use public opinion to sway the track that negotiations would take. They tried to use the Teachers’ Pension Plan as a bargaining tool. It didn’t matter that the TPP is not a collective bargaining item, but an entity on its own over which both the government and NSTU have equal responsibility. However, it was used as a tool against the reputation of teachers.
A major concern for many members is the health of the Teachers’ Pension Plan. As President, I would work to ensure members have the security of a reliable and robust financial future, safe into retirement. Currently the mandate of the Nova Scotia Teachers’ Pension Plan Panel is to review the TPP, consult with members, and make recommendations to ensure we have a fully-funded pension. Upon release of these recommendations, the membership must decide what actions must be taken. I want to ensure that we do not have a two-tiered system where some members receive benefits which others do not.
Our most vulnerable members need protection to ensure that we have a pool of capable, qualified substitutes who are well compensated for their services, and those amongst them who are honing their craft to pursue full time teaching jobs in the future.
Vote Peter Day for NSTU President.
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