HALIFAX – Mediator arbitrator William Kaplan has issued an arbitration award that establishes a collective agreement for more than 6,000 employees of the Nova Scotia Health Authority`s Health Care Bargaining Unit and IWK. The work program updates at the end of each month a list of collective agreements inherited from previous years, which includes 500 or more workers in provincial courts and 100 or more workers in federal courts. All monetary improvements to this new collective agreement come into effect today, with the exception of those for which the agreement sets a different date. For example, some salary increases are retroactive to 2016 and some will only take place at one time or another. The Council of Health Care Unions is comprised of Unifor, CUPE, NSGEU and NSNU. The Council was legally required to negotiate 16 collective agreements, each for IWK and NSHA. You will find the new collective agreement by clicking on the link above at the beginning of this article and continuing to “find here” on the 4th line. All other provisions, including all language changes, will not be effective until October 8, 2018, unless otherwise stated in the price. This is necessary so that both sides can prepare for the necessary changes. During this period, the transitional collective agreements under which members have been operating since 2011 remain in force. www.unifor.org/en/whats-new/press-room/ns-health-care-workers-aw.

For more information, please contact Unifor Director of Communications Natalie Clancy: Natalie.Clancy@unifor.org or (902) 478-9238 (cell). In addition, Mr. Kaplan will issue an additional bonus on August 15 setting the rates for shift and weekend bonuses. Negotiations for the Health Care Bargaining Unit are thus closed. The Support Services, Administrative Professional and Nursing Bargaining Units will now begin negotiations. Caption: The new addition to the entry. indicates that the count is displayed for the first time in the list. The transaction has been ratified.

indicates that a new transaction has been ratified. The comparison now employs fewer than 500 people. Indicates that the new subdivision now has fewer than 500 employees (province) or less than 100 employees (federal). The arbitration award came after five days of mediation arbitration that took place last week and closed a trial that began in October 2016. . .