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NAPE President Carol Furlong
NAPE said today it is headed back to the bargaining table this week for 12 public sector bargaining units.
NAPE is the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees.
According to its president Carol Furlong, NAPE‚Äôs executive officers had a series of meetings over the summer with the province‚Äôs Minister of Finance and government officials to try and address the issues that had been prolonging negotiations.
‚ÄúThis is a pivotal time in negotiations,‚ÄĚ Furlong said in a news release.
‚ÄúWe have reached a point where we will either get tentative collective agreements during this round of bargaining or have no choice but to apply for conciliation. Based on discussions we have had with the Minister of Finance we are optimistic we can make significant progress.‚ÄĚ
Negotiations this week are underway for hospital support staff, general service, maintenance operational services, Newfoundland Liquor Corporation, student assistants, College of North Atlantic support staff, school boards, marine services, and laboratory and X-ray. Those scheduled for next week include: health professionals, air services, and group homes.