For Unifor members in the health sector, the new collective agreement has a different format with a new language and there are significant changes in several articles, including: once negotiations on essential services are completed in the coming months, the Council expects further progress in negotiating new collective agreements. The agreement is a voluntary agreement to mediate/arbitrate issues open to each of the bargaining units after collective bargaining. Even if this proposal is approved, negotiations will continue for some time. The Appointed Mediator will endeavor to assist the parties in reaching an agreement through mediation, but will make a binding decision on unresolved issues. The parties agreed to appoint William Kaplan as arbitrator. Kaplan is the mediator of all four bargaining units. Yes, each council will go to the table, according to an accelerated schedule, with deadlines, to finalize any agreement by the end of the year. The Mediator/Arbitrator would issue a final and binding arbitral award on all outstanding issues by the end of the year. Mediator arbitrator William Kaplan issued his arbitration award, which establishes a collective agreement for approximately 7500 acute nurses across the province with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK. This award closes collective bargaining within this unit and a collective agreement is now in place. In a statement, the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK Health Centre welcomed the new agreement. The agreement implies greater consistency between hospitals and increases salaries from 0.5 to 1.5 percent, retroactive to 2014.
The Council of Unions Health Care Bargaining Committee has spent the past few weeks preparing for a mediation arbitration hearing scheduled for the last week of July with mediatized arbitrator William Kaplan that will conclude a health collective agreement for our acute care members with the Nova Scotia Health Authority (NSHA) and iWK. Composed of members of the Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU Collective Agreements Committees, the Nova Scotia Council has been trying to negotiate a new collective agreement since October 2016. The health assistance collective agreement applies to more than 4,200 workers in sectors such as engineering services, budget management, laundry, food services and environmental services. The Ministry of Labour and Advanced Education has appointed Christina Browning as conciliator and meetings are scheduled for the 9th, 10th and 16th. November scheduled….