September 5, 2018
Bargaining Update for Healthcare Administrative Professional Bargaining Unit
The Council of Healthcare Administrative Professional Unions, comprised of committee members from CUPE and NSGEU, met with the NSHA and IWK on August 21, 22 and 31 to bargain a new collective agreement for over 3,000 members who work in acute care administrative professional occupations across Nova Scotia.
Both parties tabled proposals premised on the Healthcare Bargaining Unit Arbitration award but with some changes. Talks were collegial, and many housekeeping matters were resolved.
However, major issues are still in contention such as the hours of work for the bargaining unit, the 3.5% long service increment, the shift and weekend premiums and job security concerns.
Therefore, the Council will be proceeding to Mediation-Arbitration before Arbitrator Bill Kaplan on September 19th. At that time, the parties will argue all outstanding issues before the Arbitrator, who will issue a ruling on the terms and conditions of your new collective agreement.
The Council remains committed to achieving a fair collective agreement. The Council would like to acknowledge and thank the members for their patience and support during this complex process. The Council will be providing further updates as soon as the Med/Arb process is concluded.
Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact your Area VP, contact information is available on the website at 8920.cupe.ca/about-us/your-executive