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. The Unifor Negotiating Committee is pleased to announce that members voted 92 per cent in favour of ratifying an agreement with NSHA and IWK to go to mediation and binding arbitration. The Council of Health Trade Unions is made up of CUPE, NSGEU, NSNU and Unifor. The Council was decided by law to negotiate 16 collective agreements for the IWK and one for the NSHA. Final collective agreements for unionized workers employed by the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre ended a laborious negotiation process that began after the province`s district health authorities merged in 2014. The four unions look forward to working with mediator William Kaplan, who will try to help the parties reach an agreement through mediation, but will give a final and binding distinction on unresolved issues. This award was the subject of a six-year agreement. There are about two years left in the term of office. If there is no agreement on sickness and pension benefits through the negotiation process or mediation, the arbitrator must grant the status quo as in past agreements. 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 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. The greatest benefit was getting a collective agreement for all nurses, said union president Janet Hazelton. After making little progress on a conciliator, the Nova Scotia Health Care Council is moving forward with a national strike for health care workers. Yes, each council will be around the table, with an accelerated timetable with deadlines to conclude any agreement by the end of the year. By the end of the year, the mediator/arbitrator would give a final and binding arbitral award for all outstanding issues. All other language offers will not come into effect until October 1, 2018. This will allow membership and the employer to verify and adapt changes. Until that date, Unifor 4600`s collective agreement is in effect. The conciliation/arbitration agreement, available on Unifor`s website, was ratified with 92 per cent of the four bargaining units in the four unions. It offers salary increases, retroactive pay until 2014, protection of your current sickness and pension benefits and the possibility of an advance payment of the death benefit. The Council of Unions Health Care Bargaining Committee has spent the past few weeks preparing for a conciliation hearing scheduled for the last week of July with Ombudsman William Kaplan`s arbitrator, who will conclude a collective health agreement for our affiliation with the acute care sector with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and IWK.
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. McNeil Liberal legislation prohibits health care workers from striking until a key service agreement has been reached and this has not yet been negotiated.