Nova Scotia students reiterate call for wage fairness at NS universities

September 30, 2014

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. – Students Nova Scotia is calling on Nova Scotia’s public post-secondary institutions, once again, to pursue Wagemark certification to ensure fair wages. The mandatory disclosure of public salaries above $100,000, completed today, revealed that departing executives at Dalhousie and StFX took home $442,141 and $385,730 in 2013-14, while the average salary for top-paid employees at Nova Scotia’s public post-secondary institutions was $265,000. More

Report and campaign call for action on youth employment, retention and attraction

September 22, 2014

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. — A report released this morning by StudentsNS reviews the youth employment situation in Nova Scotia and concludes that leadership is critically needed from government, employers and post-secondary institutions. No More Farewells: Making a Place for Youth in Nova Scotia’s Economy recommends a suite of initiatives to create opportunities for youth to build their lives in Nova Scotia. The report release also marks the launch of Farewell to Nova Scotia, a campaign calling on the Provincial government to reinvest funds saved through the elimination of the Graduate Retention Rebate (GRR).

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Students betrayed again by exclusion from new, secretive MOU negotiations

September 18, 2014

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. — Student representatives have been informed that they will be excluded from this year’s universities-government Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Negotiations for the first time since 2005. Both opposition parties included students at the MOU table when in power. The move represents an about-face on promises made by the Liberal Party in advance of the 2013 election.

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MPHEC data shows Nova Scotia universities systematically circumventing tuition cap

September 4, 2014

For Immediate Release

Halifax, N.S. — Data released today by the Maritime Provinces’ Higher Education Commission reveals that most Nova Scotia universities have systematically subverted the province’s 3% tuition cap since 2011-12. Ancillary fees charged by universities have increased 40% in this time, or 13.4% per year. These increases are in addition to 3% annual increases in tuition, which were also confirmed in the MPHEC release.

“The Province has given tacit approval for our universities to circumvent the tuition cap and collect millions of dollars in extra fees from students,” said StudentsNS President, James Patriquin. “These fees are entirely about concealing the true cost of university tuition to both get around the tuition cap and drop the sticker price seen by students and their families.”  More