Nursing Bargaining Unit Proposals Drafted, Unions Ready to Exchange Proposals

The elected Nova Scotia Council of Nursing Unions negotiating team met this fall to prepare for bargaining. The Council is comprised of representatives from four healthcare unions (NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor).

In total, the representatives have met seven times. During those seven day-long meetings, the Council has reviewed both the current IWK and NHS agreements.

We have developed proposals based on the experiences of the team, as well as feedback from individual members and bargaining surveys.

Our hope is to commence formal bargaining with your employers in the new year.

The Health Authorities Act, passed by the provincial government in 2014, requires all nurses employed at Nova Scotia Health (NSH) and IWK to bargain together in a Council of Nursing Unions. Under the four Council constitutions, one union appoints the chief negotiator for each Council. The NSNU appoints the Chief Negotiator for the Nursing Council and has the majority of bargaining committee members. NSGEU appoints the Deputy Chief Negotiator and holds the second largest number of seats on the committee (you can view the Council Constitutions here.)

If you have questions or concerns about the bargaining process, please contact a member of your bargaining team:

Local 101 Holly Bowdridge,

Local 195 Angelica Chasse-Naugler,

Local 101 Lisa Clowater,

Local 101 Tricia MacLean,

Local 101 Kelly Parsons,

Local 101 Rochelle Ryan,

Local 101 Kerri Webster-McIsaac,

NSGEU Deputy Negotiator Lynette Johnson,

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