Nova Scotia Community College faculty and support staff would be getting a 2.9 per cent pay increase in the first year of a new three-year tentative contact, along with one per cent increases in each of the next two years, Metro Halifax has learned.
The tentative agreement with the college also includes increasing the current salary grid by one per cent as of Sept. 1, 2008.
The 930 teachers and support staff in a legal strike position had been without a contract for 16 months. The 2.9 per cent increase would be for 2008-09, with the one per cent increases for 2009-10 and 2010-11.
Today and tomorrow, NSCC employees will be reading over the two-page tentative agreement made with the college over the weekend. They will vote electronically on the contract this Friday.
One of the 930 teachers and support staff told Metro after reading the contract, “needless to say, no one is thrilled”, but added “we are relieved we’re not striking today.”
An 11th hour deal Sunday night between the NSCC and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union pulled the employees back from the brink of a provincewide strike, producing a collective sigh of relief among staff and students at 13 campuses across the province.
The strike was set to begin today would have affected 25,000 students across the province. Union president Alexis Allen told Metro on Monday that no details would be revealed until the proposal has been seen by the workers.
When asked how she felt about the tentative deal which they’re recommending, Allen said she was “OK with it,” but it’s up to the union membership to accept or reject the province’s offer.
Allen had been asking for a 2.9 per cent increase this year and next. The college was offering a one per cent raise in the second year, and Premier Darrell Dexter had made it clear the provincial government didn’t intend to offer more cash in the dispute.