The agreement provides for six-year wage increases, protects current health, sickness and retirement benefits for health, nursing, support and management services employed in hospitals across the province. With a single voice, health care professionals can move on to a new fair collective agreement. McNeil Liberal legislation prohibits health care workers from striking until a key service agreement has been reached and this has not yet been negotiated. Earlier this month, the Council of Trade Unions presented employers with a comprehensive essential services plan. Employers` delay in securing a key service agreement has limited the leverage of unions at the bargaining table. This is all the more the reason why all workers are calling for a strike warrant. Our current collective agreements expire on October 31, 2020 and public health has begun negotiations. Please check your collective agreement and check the news of the negotiation. A collective agreement is a contract negotiated between union members and their employer. CUPE 8920 members vote on whether collective agreements that define wages and working conditions should be accepted. For Unifor members in the health field, the new collective agreement is in a different format with a new language, and there are significant changes in several articles, including: “This gives us a way forward, because it means that after three very long years, we will have collective agreements for all unionized acute orientation nurses in Nova Scotia by the end of 2018.” said Linda McNeil, Unifor`s Atlantic Director.
who represents the union on the executive board. Collective agreements may include provisions relating to wages, benefits, leave and leave, hours of work, protection from discrimination and harassment, overtime bonuses, job protection, dismissals and the right to union representation. The Council, which represented NSNU, CUPE, Unifor and NSGEU, held more than 50 meetings with employer representatives, during which attempts were made to negotiate 16 collective agreements, up to one for the public health agency and one for the IWK. As a result of Liberal Act 148, which established a law on the salaries of public servants and health care professionals, bonuses were one of the few monetary issues that could be negotiated during this round of negotiations. The new collective agreement for the Health Unit and its 6,000 members is officially concluded with this supplement. The Council of Health Trade Unions thanks Mr. Kaplan for his work on this unique and complex round of negotiations. A copy of the post bonus can be made here. Once the main services negotiations are concluded in the coming months, the Council expects further progress in negotiations on the new collective agreements. “This government has interfered from day one in fair collective bargaining, and this has a lot of laws that have strengthened the hand of employers by imposing wage stops and concessions,” said Lana Payne, Regional Director of Unifor Atlantic. The 20-member Caregivers` Council began collective bargaining in early September, and meetings with employers continued until early this week, significantly reducing the issues Mr. Kaplan faces.
By the end of the week, Mr. Kaplan will be submitted in writing and we expect him to issue his order setting out the terms of the new collective care agreement shortly after verifying the submissions.