Fonds MG 20 volumes 634-635, 742, 1016 file 7, 1630 and Accession 2011-062 - Nova Scotia Teachers Union fonds

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Nova Scotia Teachers Union fonds

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MG 20 volumes 634-635, 742, 1016 file 7, 1630 and Accession 2011-062

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5 m of textual records and other material

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The Nova Scotia Teachers' Union traces its history back to 1895 when representatives from the Provincial Education Association (PEA) proposed a "Teachers' Protective Union" with the dual mandate of protecting the economic welfare of teachers and fostering professionalism. Robert MacLellan, principal of Pictou Academy, was elected first president. In 1896 the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union (NSTU) adopted its first constitution and bylaws during the annual PEA meeting in Truro. By 1921 the NSTU had ratified a new constitution and had begun publication of the Bulletin of the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union. In 1928 the Teachers Pension Act came into effect and that same decade the government amended the Education Act to provide increases in the grant of provincial aid paid to all teachers. An act to incorporate the Nova Scotia Teachers' Union was passed in 1932. In 1953, the NSTU opened its first general office on Barrington Street. The office moved to South Park Street in 1959 and finally to the present location at 3106 Joseph Howe Drive in 1969. The Nova Scotia Teachers Union maintains its original objectives: to unify and promote the teaching profession; improve the quality of education; provide a voice for teachers to the public and legislature; improve the salaries and working conditions of teachers; and provide protection for its members. The union is governed by a provincial executive and serves its members through district local unions and special associations.

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Fonds consists of minutes, governance documents, Annual Council documents, handbooks, reports, briefs, submissions to government, contract negotiations, and documentation from sub-committees and related associations. There are also agreements with the Nova Scotia Department of Education and Board of School Commissioners of Halifax, Halifax Local reports, financial records, and newsletters. The contents of the fonds document the role of the NSTU as an advocate for education, the rights of its membership, and the implementation of best practices for the teaching profession.

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Donated by the NSTU in 2009. Source of earlier donations is unknown.


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