Tentative deal struck with nurses

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Union president praises team for getting fair deal

The province has reached a tentative four-year collective agreement with the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses’ Union (NLNU).

The NLNU represents about 5,700 registered nurses across the province. The provincial government announced the deal this morning.

The agreement follows the same framework as that reached with other public sector unions, including a five per cent salary increase over the term of the agreement and a one-time pro-rated payment of $1,400. The tentative agreement consists of zero per cent salary increase in years one and two, two per cent in year three and three per cent in year four.

Other collective agreements have been negotiated in the past year with the Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association, NAPE, CUPE, and the Association of Allied Health Professionals. These agreements, in addition to the tentative agreement with the NLNU, represent approximately 27,700 public employees, and demonstrate Provincial Government’s commitment to successful collective bargaining.

In a news release, union president Debbie Forward praised the negotiating team for getting a fair deal that addresses the priorities of the membership.

The negotiating team is recommending acceptance.

Forward also noted that there were no concessions — a priority identified by members — and there will be new investment for education and leadership.

Also there is recognition of the standardized uniform colours of white top and black bottom for registered nurses.

“Over the past year, we consulted with registered nurses regularly to identify their bargaining priorities,” Forward said. “These are the priorities our negotiation team brought to the table and fought hard for to achieve the best agreement possible. I believe that when members have a chance to review the agreement details they will be satisfied and prepared to accept.”

NLNU will now take the tentative agreement to its membership for a ratification vote in the coming weeks.

 

Organizations: Royal Newfoundland Constabulary Association, Association of Allied Health Professionals

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