Truro Daycare Arbitration Delayed Without Date

Updated on May 10, 2017

The DFA and the Board adjourned their arbitration in an effort to explore possible options for ensuring daycare services on the Agricultural campus in Bible Hill. The DFA had launched a grievance following an announcement that the Agricultural Campus Daycare would be closed in early September 2016, in violation of the Collective Agreement between the DFA and the Board.

The arbitration was adjourned on August 29, 2016 after the DFA agreed to work with the Board and the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU) to explore options for a sustainable daycare service.  We are now waiting for a decision from the province on a new funding structure for daycares.  As a result, the arbitration has been delayed without date.

The Background

The DFA challenged a decision by the Dalhousie administration to close the daycare centre on the Agricultural Campus in Bible Hill. In June, Dalhousie announced that the Agricultural Campus Daycare would be shut down as of September 2, 2016, leaving the children of Truro-based faculty, staff, students and community members without child care services on campus.

On July 12, 2016, the DFA wrote a letter to Dalhousie President Richard Florizone stating that “the provision of daycare facilities is an important and necessary benefit for Members of the DFA Bargaining Unit” and that the closure of the daycare centre would violate the terms of the Collective Agreement between the DFA and the Dalhousie Board of Governors. A follow-up meeting with Dr. Florizone on July 19 failed to reverse the decision to close the daycare. Community members launched a petition campaign aimed at keeping the daycare centre open.

Click here to download DFA's news release on the daycare issue.

Click here to read an interview with DFA President Laurene Rehman in the Truro Daily News.

Last summer, the DFA, the Board and the NSGEU released a joint statement regarding the status of the daycare arbitration. Click here to read the full statement, and click here to read the story in the Truro Daily News, including interviews with Dr. Rehman and faculty member and parent Sarah Stewart-Clark.