II. 1.1 CURRENT BOARD POLICY
The Labour Relations Board (Nova Scotia) wishes to announce guidelines in the determination of appropriate units for applications for certification in hospitals. The guidelines, set out below, are for the convenience of all parties concerned in applications for certification. They in no way affect existing bargaining units except, possibly, on an application to amend a Board Certification Order.
The Board will continue to exercise its discretion in considering appropriateness of the bargaining unit in every individual application by a union for certification as bargaining agent on behalf of hospital employees. However, if a union applies for a bargaining unit that departs from the guidelines, it will be called upon to satisfy the Board that, under the circumstances, the unit requested is appropriate. In a small hospital or nursing home, for instance, the Board might conclude that a broader unit, or even an all-employee unit, is appropriate.
Employees excluded by Section 1 (2) of the Trade Union Act of Nova Scotia will, of course, not be included in any unit.
In the absence of grounds which lead the Board to conclude otherwise, the following hospital bargaining units will be considered appropriate:
Chief Executive Officer
Halifax, Nova Scotia
October 29, 1973