BILL NO. 69
2nd Session, 62nd General Assembly
64 Elizabeth II, 2015
Health Authorities Act
The Honourable Leo A. Glavine
Minister of Health and Wellness
First Reading: March 26, 2015
Second Reading: March 26, 2015
Third Reading: March 31, 2015 (LINK TO BILL AS PASSED)
Clause 2 expands the scope of a paramountcy provision, which provides that certain provisions of the Health Authorities Act ("the Act") override all other enactments, awards, rights and agreements, to include new provisions being added by this Act.
Clause 3 repeals a provision that is being re-enacted by Clause 4 elsewhere in the Act.
Clause 4 enacts provisions governing labour relations at the health authorities, providing for
(c) continued representation of employees for all other purposes by the unions they belong to immediately before the earliest date on which the constitutions of all four of the councils of unions have been filed with the Labour Board ("the filing date").
Clause 5 repeals the transitional labour relations provisions of the Act respecting the determinations to be made by the mediator-arbitrator and replaces them with provisions
(a) providing for the application of the existing collective agreements in accordance with the order of the mediator-arbitrator until such time as new collective agreements are negotiated;
(b) exempting from the application of certain provisions of the Trade Union Act labour relations between a health authority, its unionized employees and the unions and council of unions that represent the employees until a first collective agreement is concluded between the health authority and the council of unions; and
(c) nullifying the orders of the mediator-arbitrator to the extent that they declared certain unions to be the exclusive bargaining agents for certain bargaining units.
Clause 6 extends until the filing date the period during which
Clause 7 extends until the filing date the period during which lockouts and strikes are prohibited.
Clause 8 extends until the filing date the period until the expiration of which
Clause 9 repeals provisions of the Act that have been made redundant by this Act.
Clause 10 makes consequential amendments to
(a) replace a provision that, upon being proclaimed in force, eliminates the inapplicability of certain provisions of the Trade Union Act to labour relations between a health authority, its unionized employees and the unions; and
Clause 11 amends a cross-reference as a result of amendments made by this Act.
Be it enacted by the Governor and Assembly as follows:
1 (1) Subsection 2(1) of Chapter 32 of the Acts of 2014, the Health Authorities Act, is amended by
2 Subsection 4(2) of Chapter 32 is amended by striking out "83 to 104" in the first and in the third lines and substituting in each case "80A to 80K and 83 to 102".
3 Section 26 of Chapter 32 is repealed.
4 Chapter 32 is further amended by adding immediately after Section 80 the following heading and Sections:
80A (1) Clause 30(3)(c), subsection 38(3) and Sections 40A and 40B of the Trade Union Act do not apply to labour relations between the health authorities, their unionized employees and the councils of unions.
(3) The integration of seniority of unionized employees in each bargaining unit and the process for determining unionized employees' integrated seniority and resolving any disputes over unionized employees' integrated seniority must be determined in accordance with Schedule 1 to the decision of the mediator-arbitrator dated February 19, 2015.
(b) provides the council of unions with the exclusive jurisdiction to bargain on behalf of the bargaining units for which the council of unions is to be certified as the bargaining agent and to conclude a single collective agreement in respect of those bargaining units;
(d) provides the council of unions with the right and obligation to resolve differences among its members in respect of the administration of a collective agreement, including differences respecting the right or obligation to belong to a particular union within the council of unions; and
(e) includes provisions respecting the ratification of collective agreements and other collective bargaining processes that reflect the relative membership size of union representation in the bargaining units within the council of unions, while ensuring that no member or group of members of a constituent union is treated in a manner that is arbitrary, discriminatory or in bad faith by the council of unions.
(6) The Labour Board shall decide an application made under subsection (4) in the same manner as it would reconsider, under subsection 19(1) of the Trade Union Act, any decision or order made by it under that Act.
(7) In deciding an application made under subsection (4), the Labour Board shall be guided by any principles respecting the amendment of the constitution of the council of unions that are set out in the constitution.
(c) the Nova Scotia Council of Health Administrative Professional Unions is deemed to be certified as the bargaining agent for the administrative professionals bargaining unit for each health authority; and
(2) On and after the filing date, except for the purposes described by subsection (1), a union that, immediately before the filing date, was certified or recognized as bargaining agent for unionized employees in a bargaining unit of a health authority continues to be certified or recognized as the bargaining agent for those unionized employees.
80G The health authorities shall engage in multi-employer collective bargaining to conclude a single collective agreement between the health authorities and a council of unions in respect of the two bargaining units represented by the council of unions.
80H (1) For the purposes of conducting a vote to ratify a proposed collective agreement or a vote as to whether to strike or not to strike, the two bargaining units represented by a council of unions are deemed to be a single bargaining unit.
(2) The majority required when conducting a vote to ratify a proposed collective agreement between the health authorities and a council of unions is a majority of the votes cast by the unionized employees represented by the council of unions.
(3) For greater certainty, the majority required when conducting a vote as to whether the unionized employees represented by a council of unions are to strike or not to strike is a majority of the unionized employees represented by the council of unions.
80I A collective agreement entered into between the health authorities and a council of unions is binding upon the health authorities, the council of unions, the unions that compose the council of unions and every unionized employee in the two bargaining units represented by the council of unions.
80J (1) A health authority, a council of unions or a union may apply to the Labour Board for the resolution of any question or problem that has arisen or may arise in relation to the implementation of the provisions of this Act respecting labour relations.
(2) Upon the application being made, the Labour Board shall, by order, make whatever award, give whatever direction or take any other action that in its discretion the Board considers appropriate, to resolve any relevant question or problem including, without restricting the generality of the foregoing, any question relating to the interpretation or application of Schedules 1 to 7 of the decision of the mediator-arbitrator dated February 19, 2015.
(3) Where an application is made under this Section, the Labour Board may make or cause to be made any examination of records or other inquiries, and may hold any hearings that it considers necessary and prescribe the nature of evidence to be furnished to the Labour Board.
80K Where a council of unions is guilty of an offence under any enactment, each of the unions that compose the council of unions is also guilty of an offence and is liable on summary conviction to the penalties set out in the enactment, whether or not the council of unions has been prosecuted or convicted.
(2) Notwithstanding Schedule 2 to the decision of the mediator-arbitrator dated February 19, 2015, any dispute between a health authority and a union regarding the interpretation or implementation of the protocol set out in Schedule 2 must be resolved by the Labour Board.
84 Until the first collective agreement is concluded between a health authority and a council of unions, Sections 23 to 26 of the Trade Union Act do not apply to labour relations between the health authority, its unionized employees and
85 (1) The order of the mediator-arbitrator dated February 19, 2015, to the extent that it declares the Nova Scotia Government Employees Union to be the exclusive bargaining agent for the unionized employees in the health care bargaining units of the provincial health authority and the IWK Health Centre, is void ab initio.
6 Section 98 of Chapter 32 is amended by striking out "April 1, 2015" in the first line and substituting "the filing date".
7 Section 99 of Chapter 32 is amended by striking out "April 1, 2015" in the first line and substituting "the filing date".
8 (1) Subsection 102(1) of Chapter 32 is amended by striking out "April 1, 2015" in the last line and substituting "the filing date".
9 Sections 103 and 104 of Chapter 32 are repealed.
10 Sections 105 and 106 of Chapter 32 are repealed and the following Section substituted:
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