Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Teachers Vote to Reject Tentative Contract Deal

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Nova Scotia Teachers Vote to Reject Tentative Contract Deal

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Nova Scotia teachers reject contract

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HALIFAX - Nova Scotia's 9,000 public school teachers voted Tuesday to reject a four-year tentative contract agreement reached earlier this month with the provincial government.

In a provincewide electronic vote, 61 per cent of those who voted turned down the deal.

The proposed contract offered a wage increase of three per cent over four years, but it started with a wage freeze in the first two years.

Shelley Morse, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, issued a statement saying the vote sent a clear message that teachers are feeling "undervalued and overwhelmed within the current education system."

The union had recommended the contract to its membership earlier this month with the understanding that the provincial government was poised to impose a legislated settlement. …

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