Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

January 29, 2010 16:00 ET

CUPE Hospital Workers Overwhelmingly Ratify New Contract

NEW GLASGOW, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Jan. 29, 2010) - More than 4,000 CUPE hospital workers in Nova Scotia have given a big thumbs up to their new contract. CUPE Acute Care Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas says the results are now in for all of the locals across rural Nova Scotia and they have voted 98% in favour of acceptance

Negotiating Committee Chair Karen MacKenzie was very pleased with the result saying, "We took a stand on a matter of principle which was equal pay for work of equal value for hospital workers in rural Nova Scotia.

"At the end of the day, I believe we won public support on this because it was an issue of basic fairness. We hope we have put the issue of wage parity to bed in this province once and for all," says MacKenzie.

CUPE Nova Scotia President Danny Cavanagh says,"We would like to commend our hospital workers for standing up for their basic rights. CUPE would also like to thank the public for their patience and understanding during this very tough round of bargaining."

Highlights of the deal include:

- 2.9% Economic Adjustment (Wage Parity) for all employees effective and retroactive to April 1, 2009.

- Approx. 6% LPN and 2.1% Health Care Adjustments (for all classifications paid equal to and above the rate of Lab Tech and Radiology Tech) effective and retroactive to September 1, 2009.

- 1% adjustment to all rates effective and retroactive to November 1, 2009.

- 1% adjustment to all rates effective November 1, 2010.

- Wage Parity (reclassifications and any bargained classification adjustments) will now be maintained under our Collective Agreement.

Contact Information

  • Wayne Thomas
    Acute Care Co-ordinator
    902-759-1057 (Cell)
    CUPE Nova Scotia
    Danny Cavanagh
    902-957-0822 (Cell)
    Karen MacKenzie
    Negotiating Committee Chair
    902-899-0840 (Cell)
    John McCracken
    Communications Rep.
    902-880-8057 (Cell)