Nl Nurses Union Collective Agreement

“Our nurses are always there to take care of compassion and compassion when they are most needed. We see it first-hand during the ongoing COVID 19 pandemic. In the coming weeks, the union will submit the interim agreement to its 5,200 members across the province for ratification of the agreement. In an email to CBC News, the union indicated that current employees, who will qualify for group insurance in retirement by March 31, will continue to share the cost of premiums 50-50. If it is appropriate for retirement, new nurses hired after March 31 pay 60 per cent of the premiums, while the employer takes care of the other 40. The vote took place online from June 9 to 11. Of the 2,726 votes obtained, 85.7% voted in favour of the new agreement. Health Minister John Haggie said he looks forward to continuing to work with the nurses` union to improve the health care system in Newfoundland and Labrador. EU President Debbie Forward said she welcomed the interim agreement. In April and October 2018, the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) ratified 16 collective agreements, while the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ratified seven collective agreements in December 2018. In January 2019, the government secured a ratified collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP), while on March 4, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers` Association (NLTA) ratified its collective agreement.

The interim agreement, which has yet to be adopted by the 5,200-member union, contains a number of improvements for registered nurses, patients and the health system, including a substantive staff review in some areas that need to be done to assess the workload of registered nurses; Creating an additional 35 permanent floating positions; Extending maternity/adoption/parental leave and choosing benefits from 52 weeks to 78 weeks; and no layoffs to help the province achieve spending cuts over the life of the agreement. The interim agreement extends the union`s current collective agreement for an additional two years and remains unchanged, with the exception of a salary increase and changes to pension benefits. The provincial government and the Registered Nurses` Union of Newfoundland and Labrador have tentatively agreed on an extension of the contract.