Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Atlantic

October 08, 2010 11:01 ET

CUPE Nursing Home Workers in Nova Scotia 'Lead Table' Bargaining Accept New Contract

SYDNEY, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwire - Oct. 8, 2010) - Nursing home workers at MacGillivray Nursing Home in Sydney have voted to accept a new, three-year contract.

CUPE National Representative John Evans says, "The members of Local 1562 voted 97% in favour of a 31-month collective agreement at the end of which support staff in the facility will be paid wages equal to their counterparts in Nova Scotia hospitals." 

CUPE Long Term Care Co-ordinator Kelly Murray, the union's chief negotiator for the economic package which will flow to 3,500 long term care workers in 36 facilities across the province, says the agreement means they can now "put the wage parity issue to bed for this sector."

Says Murray, "Issues important to nursing home workers had to be sacrificed during this round of bargaining on the march to parity. In the next round – which is only a little over a year away – CUPE can focus on these important issues and not be distracted by the need to secure equal pay for work of equal value."

In the coming weeks all of the other CUPE locals will be asked to vote on the same tentative agreement. Murray says he and his provincial bargaining committee will be recommending acceptance of the settlement.

Says Murray, "These workers have been without a collective agreement for 19 months. To promote stability in the sector, CUPE and the employers have a responsibility to bring this long round of bargaining to a conclusion."

Contact Information

  • John Evans
    CUPE National Rep.
    902-317-1142 (m)
    Kelly Murray
    Long Term Care Co-ordinator
    902-455-4180 (o)
    John McCracken
    CUPE Atlantic Communications Rep.
    902-455-4180 (o)