The Department of Labor and Advanced Education has appointed Christina Browning as conciliator, and meetings are scheduled for November 9, 10 and 16. Discussions with management failed in October with Unifor Local 4600 with NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU. Given the complexity of the task and the fact that unions and employers are far apart but the process is progressing, mediation should take more than these three meetings. The EU Council of Negotiators is continuing its efforts to reach a substantial agreement on services so that the Council can start working together, but the employers` negotiators for essential services were eliminated this summer. The members of Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU are united and have agreed to act in solidarity for all workers who aspire to fair collective agreements for the four unions, without a collective agreement or a four-year wage increase. The four bargaining units will continue to negotiate with management. What is new in this agreement is that all issues that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table will be sent to an external arbitrator independent of the Ombudsman. 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. The agreement provides for six-year wage increases (2014-2020), including retroactive compensation, protects significant benefits and provides for mediation arbitration that will close all collective agreements of the four work units, health, support services and administration by the end of 2018. As part of this agreement, the parties also agree to waive all strike and lockout rights under the Trade Union Act and to agree that no request for essential services will be submitted to the Nova Scotia Labour Board while mediation/arbitration is under way, unless the parties otherwise agree. Council negotiators are working to finalize their proposal for essential services in the hope of resuming discussions in the coming weeks. This round of negotiations has been a long and sometimes frustrating process for members of the health sector.
The McNeil Liberals used their majority government like no other provincial government in Canada to invoke several anti-union laws. Employers` negotiators still refuse to submit proposals to change sickness benefits for health care workers. Despite these obstacles, the negotiating committee fought during these negotiations to protect the key benefits that members have negotiated over the past forty years. As a result, employers` negotiators continue to indicate that they want to exercise full control over health and dental money plans. If the Council of Health Trade Unions were to abandon this control, employers could, without the agreement of the unions, make unilateral changes to benefits. For more information, please contact: if the agreement is ratified, a mediation arbitration procedure that concludes collective agreements for the four bargaining committees within the assistance, care, assistance and administrator committees. Mediation/conciliation of issues that will not be resolved in the course of the negotiation. Increase in wage rates over a six-year period (contract expires October 31, 2020) A timetable for the completion of the four collective agreements by the end of 2018 The Bargaining Team of the Council of Trade Unions looks forward to making this update available to members on progress towards a new collective agreement.
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.