Province settles contract talks with NAPE

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Tentative agreement reached

The provincial government has a tentative agreement with the province’s largest union for public sector employees, giving them a five per cent raise over four years.

Premier Kathy Dunderdale. — TC Media file photo

The agreement comes after more than a year of hard negotiation between the province and NAPE, and it now needs to be voted on by union members.

“We are pleased to reach an agreement that is both fiscally responsible and will benefit the thousands of public employees who work for the people of this province,” Premier Kathy Dunderdale said in a news release.

“These employees provide numerous high-quality programs and services for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in a professional and dedicated manner, and I am pleased we were able to reach an agreement that recognizes the important contribution they continue to make each and every day.”

The pay agreement is a zero per cent raise in years one and two of the deal. In year three, NAPE employees will get a two per cent raise, and in year four, they’ll get a three per cent bump in pay.

On top of that, each full-time employee will get a $1,400 signing bonus in year two of the agreement.

“After marathon bargaining sessions over the past eight days, we have reached tentative agreements which our negotiating teams will be recommending approval to our members,” NAPE President Carol Furlong said.

“We have made substantial gains on a number of monetary issues. In some cases, monetary benefits have increased in excess of 300 per cent. In other cases, monetary benefits have increased by 100 per cent. These are unprecedented gains for NAPE members.”

A NAPE news released stated government has agreed to implement the Job Evaluation System (JES) earlier than previously planned. This new system will see total compensation increase for NAPE members by approximately $48 million. This is over and above the negotiated salary increases.

 “I believe when our members have an opportunity to see the total package they will be prepared to accept the agreement,” stated Furlong.

The tentative agreements apply to the following NAPE bargaining units: General Service, Hospital Support Staff, Maintenance and Operational Services, Group Homes, Newfoundland and Labrador Liquor Corporation, Marine Services, Laboratory and X-Ray, Health Professionals, School Boards, Student Assistants, Air Services, and College of the North Atlantic Support Staff.

NAPE bargaining teams will be taking the tentative agreements to the members for ratification votes in the coming weeks.

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  • jimmy
    September 26, 2013 - 16:07

    The JES has a been revealed and it's terrible. My job classification has been downgraded by three pay levels. Many people are angry. I can' t believe NAPE pushed for this.

  • Not Good!
    September 18, 2013 - 22:46

    So how about all those people who have been working part time for years, and just took on a full time positions, and the employees who have been working full time positions for years who have just taken part time position's? Who gets the bonus?

  • like to know more about this JES
    September 18, 2013 - 10:09

    like to know more about this JES; wicked secret so this is what jkennedy was doing all summer; quietly working along with Nape team; hammering out a deal; i guess pensions servance issues dropped by gov; for another day or if fiberals get in another gov; dropping like a rock in polls got nothing to do with dropping this hot potato for sure; look out after 2015 fiberal or tory; only people left working in pub.serv. will be seniors ; anyone who can get out will be trying hard to leave; exiting ASAP

  • like to know more about JES
    September 18, 2013 - 10:06

    like to know more about this JES; wicked secret so this is what jkennedy was doing all summer; quietly working along with Nape team; hammering out a deal; i guess pensions servance issues dropped by gov; for another day or if fiberals get in another gov; dropping like a rock in polls got nothing to do with dropping this hot potato for sure; look out after 2015 fiberal or tory; only people left working in pub.serv. will be seniors ; anyone who can get out will be trying hard to leave; exiting ASAP

  • Georgina
    September 18, 2013 - 09:34

    I'm a full time employee for Eastern Health, but currently on workers comp, paying my nape union dues every pay day and I'm not entilted to the full amount of the signing bonus.

  • Henry
    September 17, 2013 - 18:00

    What a bunch of crap... Nape negotiated this. What a joke! The 0/0 years equate to Nape accepting the 20% in the last contract and spreading it over 6 years and not 4 years. Kathy Dunderdale wins and Nape employees loose... Shamefull

  • betty
    September 17, 2013 - 15:54

    What about the poor employees who have been working for years and are not permenant. Do they get the signing bonus? Ms Furlong I hope you did not forget to include them.in the bargaining process.

  • MallRat
    September 17, 2013 - 15:53

    A slap in the face to the laid off full time workers who have been working in their new capacity as call in casuals since April 1, 2013. I'm sure they are just elated that their coworkers will be rewarded with $1400. The union should NOT ratify under this circumstance alone.

  • Jane
    September 17, 2013 - 13:14

    So. This is year TWO of the agreement, is it not??

  • Nadia
    September 17, 2013 - 13:10

    This is not the be-ll end-all. NAPE members still have to exercise their right to vote yay or nay.

  • Barb
    September 17, 2013 - 12:26

    Yes give everyone a raise, But where is this money coming from, is the question, I know we put more burden on the backs of the working poor, like everything else, How can ye sleep at night?

    • Eli
      September 18, 2013 - 12:54

      "The working poor Barb"? Let's start with MHA's and Ed Martin at Nalcor. Salaries in the $130.00 - 450.00.00. range. U still with me? You wouldn't have a gripe if ALL our resources weren't tied up with commitments to Muskrat Falls. Now that's something your "working poor" will be paying for.

  • Happy not to be a NAPE
    September 17, 2013 - 12:24

    So they get a $1 raise over the 4 years??? Did minimum wage go up more then that in 4 years and they are talking about another raise. Most of these employees get full time hours but are not permanent so they do get the signing deal either.

  • Happy not to be a NAPE
    September 17, 2013 - 12:23

    So they get a $1 raise over the 4 years??? Did minimum wage go up more then that in 4 years and they are talking about another raise. Most of these employees get full time hours but are not permanent so they do get the signing deal either.

  • Bibbie from NL
    September 17, 2013 - 12:12

    With a booming economy, we are getting a little ove 1% a year and our signing bonus won't even be a part of our salary so April 1, 2014 when we get a 2% raise, it will be on the salary that we are making now. The signing bonus is only for full-time workers so all the part-time workers at Eastern Health or Works Services or anywhere else won't even get that. What part of this is a good deal.

  • John
    September 17, 2013 - 11:53

    Now is the time to give the Provincial Pensioners a 5% raise also. People who have worked as a employee of Gov. who are living on pensions of 12000 a year. If not maybe time for pensioners to look at the way they vote next election.

    • Jack
      September 17, 2013 - 13:06

      5% increase over 4 years is less than 1.25% per year.

    • Jay
      September 17, 2013 - 17:57

      Pensioners can vote for whomever you want, but you'll get no increase. You're getting what you're entitled to and any government which gets elected will say the same. Maybe you should have had a contingency plan, which is what present workers realize. We all know that you can't depend on base pensions. And there are a lot of people a lot worse off.

  • IMO
    September 17, 2013 - 11:18

    I wonder what employees are thinking. They have been without a contract for so long and now it seems that they are getting nothing in the way of a raise until the second year of the contract. By doing this the gov dont have to pay out retro pay for the time they have been on the old contract. Seems greedy to me.

  • IMO
    September 17, 2013 - 11:17

    I wonder what employees are thinking. They have been without a contract for so long and now it seems that they are getting nothing in the way of a raise until the second year of the contract. By doing this the gov dont have to pay out retro pay for the time they have been on the old contract. Seems greedy to me.