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. 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. After making little progress on a conciliator, the Nova Scotia Health Care Council is moving forward with a national strike for health care workers. 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. The Nova Scotia Health Council is made up of members of the Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU negotiating committee and has been trying to negotiate a new collective agreement since October 2016. After five days of mediation, William Kaplan returned the award on Wednesday and reached an agreement for workers represented by a board of four health unions in Nova Scotia – the Nova Scotia Government – General Employees Union, Nova Scotia Nurses` Union, CUPE and Unifor. 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. The agreement is a voluntary agreement for mediation/conciliation of outstanding issues after collective bargaining for each of the bargaining units. Even if this proposal is approved, negotiations will continue for some time. The appointed mediator will attempt to support the parties to an agreement through mediation, but will make a binding decision on the issues that will not be resolved. The parties agreed to use William Kaplan as arbitrator. Kaplan is the mediator for the four bargaining units. All CUPE members work under the protection of a collective agreement called a collective agreement. Your local union negotiates the terms of the agreement. Elected local union leaders also work with the employer to resolve workplace issues.
The bargaining committee of the Council of Health Trade Unions consists of six members of the NSGEU, three of CUPE and one of Unifor. The Nova Scotia Nurses Union (NSNU) is also a member of the Health Care Council. The Health Care Bargaining Council is the focus table in this round of health negotiations. The committee, which represents administrative, support and care professionals, is preparing to begin negotiations as soon as an agreement has been reached on health 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.