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Nova Scotia union snubs government ultimatum over tentative contract vote

HALIFAX — The head of Nova Scotia's largest public-sector union says there will be a vote on a tentative contract offer from the province, but it will be conducted on the union's schedule.

A letter the government sent to the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union set a deadline of today for the union to signal its intent.

The letter also says the government would consider withdrawing its contract offer if the ratification vote is not concluded by Monday.

Union president Joan Jessome says she ignored the 9 a.m. deadline because the government has no right to tell the union when to hold a vote or how to conduct its business.

Jessome says she will be consulting with the union's executive and bargaining committee to determine their next move.

The union delayed its vote on Wednesday after the province's teachers rejected a similar contract offer on Tuesday.

The Canadian Press

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