Jason MacLean Re-Elected President Of NSGEU

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2019 15:57 PM

Jason MacLean has won his first re-election for president of the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU).

NSGEU held their annual convention over the weekend.

This was the first time he was elected by vote as MacLean was acclaimed the first time he became president.

He believes members are pleased with NSGEU's efforts this year, particularly their moves to open up lines of communication with the province.

"We've ended up getting deals within the civil service, with the South Shore Regional Centre for Education, and health care, only by working with the employers and working with government to find ways to get things done."

MacLean says he's pleased with the work they accomplished this year but he says there's still more work to do, pointing to the need to finish contracts in the home care sector.

"This is the fastest growing sector that we have in Nova Scotia and everybody's affected by home care but there's a huge crisis in home care, because one - people don't get paid enough," he says, adding a lack of hours has driven many to choose jobs at fast food restaurants instead of the home care sector.

MacLean says NSGEU will also be pushing the province for more paid time off for victims of domestic violence.

Although MacLean is pleased the province is now providing three paid days off, the union would like to see that jump to ten days.

He says he has been talking to Justice Minister Mark Furey about the issue.

Story by Brittany Wentzell
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