“I want to thank all our members who took the time to study and understand the agreement. We believe that this is a fair agreement for all parties involved. ” – Susie Proulx-Daigle, President of the NBU The Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) is an interprovincial cooperative agency created in 1975 by mutual agreement between the Ministers of Education of New Brunswick, Newfoundland, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island. A total of 19 groups represented by the NBU/NUPGE have either formally signed new contracts in recent months, ratified a new agreement, or agreed on a provisional collective agreement. The group had previously voted in favour of adopting the agreement and the signing made it official. The agreement expires on March 31, 2017. The agreement provided for the creation of the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority and authorized it to provide education services, programs and opportunities to people from birth to age 21 with low-incidence sensory disabilities. These include children and youth who are deaf, deafblind, hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired and residing in Atlantic Canada. Fredericton (August 26, 2016) – Members of the Union of New Brunswick (NBU/NUPGE) working at the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority (APSEA) signed a new collective agreement on August 22. “We are very pleased to have signed this treaty,” said Susie Proulx-Daigle, president of the NBU. “I want to thank all our members who took the time to study and understand the agreement. We believe this is a fair deal for everyone.¬†Below is the collective agreement between the Atlantic Provinces Special Education Authority and the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, which is in effect until July 31, 2020: members of the APSEA bargaining unit are professionals who work in the school system and provide interpretation services to students who are deaf and hard of hearing.

The Board of Directors (apsea administrators) voluntarily recognizes the Nova Scotia Teachers Union as the exclusive negotiator for and on behalf of all teachers employed by the board of directors, provided that the majority of teachers are members of the union and that such voluntary recognition does not constitute voluntary recognition in accordance with the provisions of Chapter 19 of Nova`s By-Laws or is considered to be as such. Scotia 1972, the Trade Union Act. . . .