Negotiations with your employer continued on November 4th and 5th
Although we have reached agreement on a few minor issues, we have not made any progress on scheduling issues, the use of vacation credits, or nurse-to-patient ratios.
The employer clearly indicated that the 12-hour shift schedule of four-on/five-off will not continue.
In spite of the employer’s position, the bargaining committee will be presenting a proposal regarding scheduling at our next meeting on Monday, November 18th. The membership has spoken loudly and clearly: work schedules are a major issue. We will send the proposal to you following our meeting on November 18th.
Although we have spent six days at the bargaining table, the employer has not withdrawn any of their proposals that the union views as “clawbacks” or “concessions” from the collective agreement. For example, the employer wants an inferior sick leave plan for new hires. They also want to discontinue the education premium for a Baccalaureate Degree in Nursing for nurses hired after the ratification of the collective agreement. Additionally, the employer wants to discontinue the eleven per cent in lieu of benefits paid to casuals if casuals are receiving retiree benefits.
Your bargaining committee has soundly rejected these employer proposals.
Please watch for further updates leading up to and following our negotiations on November 18th.
Susan Dobbin firstname.lastname@example.org
Karen Ferguson email@example.com
Janice Nicholson firstname.lastname@example.org
Rebecca Norris email@example.com
Kim Slack firstname.lastname@example.org
Linda Power, Chief Negotiator
Lynette Johnson, ERO