Community college professors and support staff will vote for or against striking later this month, the Nova Scotia Teachers Union announced yesterday.

 

The Sept. 22 vote will follow 10 months of negotiations and a failed conciliation over the summer, an NSTU news release said, adding union members will be briefed on the situation this Saturday. The union’s provincial executive agreed unanimously for the strike vote late last week.

 

“At heart, the overriding issue is one of fairness,” NSTU president Alexis Allen said in the release.

 

Allen claimed the Education Department has appeared unwilling to provide the same salary and medical benefits to community college employees as it’s promised to public school teachers. They have been without a contract since last August.