If the agreement is ratified, it provides for a mediation arbitration process that will conclude collective agreements for the four bargaining committees on the safety, care, assisted care and administrator committees. The trial that led to this sentence began almost two years ago, when the Council of Public Health Unions began negotiating 16 collective agreements for the IWK and one for the NSHA. 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. There are some monetary gains in the agreement, especially for overtime provisions and stand up and call back. All monetary gains from this new collective agreement will come into effect from the award date (August 8, 2018), except for those due to come into effect on a specified date. For example, some salary increases – which have already been agreed in the conciliation/arbitration vote – are retroactive to 2015 and will soon be visible.
To date, the parties have held 27 rounds of negotiations to conduct a very complex package of negotiations that requires the pooling of collective agreements between the four unions (Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU) in the areas of acute care and municipal care. The government has never disclosed what its budgetary objectives were and what it wanted to achieve with the legislation, or why those objectives could not be achieved through collective bargaining. Unions continue to work in good faith and have made proposals to help the province return to balanced budgets over an eight-year period. With a single voice, health care professionals can move on to a new fair collective agreement. The Commission reviewed the negotiating priorities and collective agreements of Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU on acute care. The team checks the language of the contract for all nurses in all categories to reach consensus on what to achieve, what needs to be expanded and what compromises may be needed. Mediation – the arbitration agreement provides for six-year (2014-2020) wage increases, including retroactive compensation, protects important benefits and provides a mediation arbitration process that will conclude all collective agreements for the four units, health care, support services and administrators by the end of 2018. Unifor and the other unions believe that a strong strike vote is the only way to reach a fair collective agreement and to roll back the concessions demanded by the employer.