Health Care Bargaining Update: May 4th, 2021

Good afternoon,

In light of the recent spike in COVID-19 cases in our province, the IWK and NSHA have delayed our scheduled bargaining dates.

Your representatives on the Bargaining Council and employer representatives from NSHA and IWK exchanged proposals on Thursday, April 15th and had a productive day of bargaining on Wednesday, April 21st.

The employers cancelled the scheduled bargaining dates for April 28th, 29th, 30th and May 4th, along with the upcoming dates of May 5th and 6th, due to the pressures created by the increased number of COVID-19 cases.

The unions’ Bargaining Council is now considering our options for rescheduling these days, potentially remotely, and we do still have two remaining bargaining dates that have not been cancelled on May 12th and 13th.

Additionally, the NSHA has requested another two-week extension in tabling and negotiating an essential services plan, also due to the increased COVID case numbers.

The employer has agreed to provide us with the portion of their essential services plan that has been completed by the original May 14th date, and we have agreed to grant them their extension to May 28th to provide us with the final portion of their plan, in exchange for them agreeing to four additional dates in June to continue to negotiate the essential services plan for Health Care.

We will continue to keep you updated on the progress of bargaining.

Please stay safe.

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

Local 122 Sara Jane Arason,

Local 195 Uta Berthold-Brush,

Local 100 Allan Lapierre,

Local 122 Peter Perry,

Local 100 Cindy Smith,

Local 100 Christopher Weaver,

Chief Negotiator Shawn Fuller,

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