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Ns Nurses Union Collective Agreement

The agreement provides for six-year wage increases, protects current health, sick leave and retiree benefits for health care, nursing, support services and administrators employed in hospitals across the province. To date, the parties have held 27 bargaining meetings to conduct a very complex round of negotiations that require the merging of collective agreements of the four unions (Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU) in the areas of acute and community care. Composed of members of the Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU Collective Agreements Committees, the Nova Scotia Council has been trying to negotiate a new collective agreement since October 2016. Employers have significantly slowed the pace of negotiations over the past two months and unions believe there is no choice but to ask members for a strike mandate. For Unifor members in the health sector, the new collective agreement is in a different format with a new language and there are significant changes in several articles, including: this complex round of negotiations has proven to be a long and difficult process, but the Council is working together to ensure that progress continues in the best interests of all members. The Health Care Council of Unions` Tariff Committee consists of six members from NSGEU, three from CUPE and one from Unifor. The Nova Scotia Nurses Union (NSNU) is also a member of the Health Care Council. The Health Care Bargaining Council is the leading table in this round of negotiations on the health sector. The committee, which represents administrative, support and care professionals, is preparing to begin negotiations as soon as an agreement has been reached in the health field.

The agreement is a voluntary agreement to mediate/arbitrate issues open to each of the bargaining units after collective bargaining. Even if this proposal is approved, negotiations will continue for some time. The Appointed Mediator will attempt to assist the parties in reaching an agreement through mediation, but will make a binding decision on unresolved issues. . . .