Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Maritimes

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Maritimes

March 30, 2009 14:15 ET

CUPE: A Deal is a Deal

FREDERICTON, NEW BRUNSWICK--(Marketwire - March 30, 2009) - The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (NBCNHU) filed a complaint before the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board today against the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association (NBNHA).

"The government's interference in our bargaining process left us with no other choice than to file a complaint of bad faith bargaining with the Board under s. 107 of the Industrial Relations Act ", said Valerie Black, President of the NBCNHU.

"A tentative agreement has been reached between the Council and our employer, the Nursing Home Association. We took the tentative agreement to our members and ratified it. The government's intervention prevents the collective bargaining process to follow its course."

"A deal is a deal, said Black, government should not impede on the private sector's bargaining process."

"The implementation of this collective agreement would have resolved some of the recruitment and retention issues in the nursing homes. Now because of the government's interference, many nursing home workers will leave to get employment in hospitals where they would receive up to $3,000 a year more for doing the same job.

Many nursing home beds are presently closed because of a lack of workers while residents are waiting in hospital beds costing millions of dollars to the taxpayers. The situation will only worsen with this present situation", concluded Black.

The NBCNHU represents more than 4000 nursing home workers.

Contact Information

  • Valerie Black, President, NBCNHU 506-447-1188 (c)
    Gordon Black, CUPE Representative 506-261-2126 (c)
    Danielle Savoie, CUPE Communication 506-381-1966 (c)