Contract Negotiations Update – NSGEU Local 70

Dear Families, Staff, and School Community Members,

Staff in our region represented by NSGEU Local 70 have voted to reject the latest contract offer and have provided 48-hour notice of their right to strike. The union has advised us that they intend to begin a strike on Tuesday, October 25, 2022.

This is unfortunate news. I want to share what this means for our region. During a strike, students and families can expect the following:

  • Schools will remain open for students in grades primary to 12
  • We will not be able to offer the pre-primary program. Children in the pre-primary program will not attend school. We are currently working on plans to provide at-home learning materials to all pre-primary students.
  • Possible delays when contacting a school, as school administrative assistants are one of the employee groups represented by Local 70.

For information purposes, NSGEU Local 70 represents the following SSRCE employee groups:

  • Early Childhood Educators (ECEs)
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Information Technology Support Specialists
  • SchoolsPlus Community Outreach Workers
  • Student Support Workers (SSWs)
  • Various finance, procurement, administrative, transportation, and information technology positions at regional office

Students who receive supports and services from these staff will experience disruptions during a strike.

This is a challenging situation and we are committed to keeping you informed as this process unfolds. Our employees represented by NSGEU are valued and respected members of our school communities. We understand a strike represents a great impact on students, families and staff. We appreciate your patience.


Paul Ash

Regional Executive Director of Education