Nova Scotia teachers seek help from conciliation board to avoid strike

(CP) - The union that represents Nova Scotia's public school teachers has asked the provincial government to appoint a conciliation board to help end a simmering labour dispute that could lead to a strike in early December.

Union members voted 96 per cent in favour of strike action on Oct. 25.

The vote took place after union members rejected a tentative agreement on Oct. 4 - the second such vote in the last year.

Liette Doucet, president of the Nova Scotia Teachers Union, issued a statement Thursday saying the teachers don't want to strike.

Under the Teachers Collective Bargaining Act, the appointment of a conciliation board won't happen unless both the union and the government request such a move.

If the government agrees, there can be no job action while the board is at work.