The Liberal government (under Premier Henry Hicks) announced its intention to grant recognition to unions of workers at public boards and commissions. This did not include the largest group of provincial employees — the civil service. However, with government assurance, by April an association of Nova Scotia civil service workers began to take shape. And by December 5, 1957, the newly elected Conservative government cabinet, under Premier Robert Stanfield, approved the establishment of the Nova Scotia Civil Service Association. Through various changes, civil service employees are now organized under the Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union (NSGEU ), representing over 31,000 public and private sector employees. (Also see NSGEU ,April 18, 1958). Between 1981 and 2010, the total public service employment at the federal, provincial and local levels in Nova Scotia represented a 28.3 per cent share of total employment in the province.