The process for obtaining this distinction and this collective agreement was unique. Members of all four bargaining units voted overwhelmingly in favour of mediation and conciliation in order to secure their first collective agreement under the new council of unions. Collective health, administrator and nursing units have been previously rewarded by Kaplan with their collective agreements. The award was given to Health Assistance following negotiations with the employer that began at the end of August 2018. Conciliation will begin on November 9 with the Nova Scotia Council of Health Care Unions, which is seeking a fair collective agreement for hundreds of nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK workers. The Board is composed of members of the Bargaining Committee of Unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU. The trial that led to this arbitration award began nearly two years ago, when the Council of Health Unions began negotiating 16 collective agreements, each for IWK and NSHA. The Board reviewed unifor, NSGEU, CUPE and NSNU`s bargaining priorities and collective agreements for acute care. The team is reviewing the contractual language for all nurses in all categories to reach a consensus on what needs to be preserved, what needs to be expanded, and what trade-offs are needed. McNeil Liberal legislation prohibits health care workers from striking until an agreement on essential services has not yet been negotiated.
Earlier this month, the Labour Council presented employers with a comprehensive basic services plan. The employer`s delay in completing an essential service agreement limited the unions` influence at the bargaining table. This is all the more one of the reasons why a strike mandate is required of all workers. The Health Care Council of Unions` Tariff Committee consists of six members from NSGEU, three from CUPE and one from Unifor. The Nova Scotia Nurses Union (NSNU) is also a member of the Health Care Council. The Health Care Bargaining Council is the leading table in this round of negotiations on the health sector. The committee, which represents administrative, support and care professionals, is preparing to begin negotiations as soon as an agreement has been reached in the health field. In the absence of an agreement on sickness benefits and benefits for retirees in the context of the negotiated procedure or mediation, the arbitrator must, as in past contracts, award the status quo Negotiations on a new collective agreement and essential benefit plans, now prescribed by law, were frustrating at best. It is time for us to send a strong message to employers and the government, to expect them to take collective bargaining and the Council`s proposals seriously and to cooperate with the trade union council to reach a negotiated agreement.
The four unions look forward to working with mediator William Kaplan, who will try to help the parties reach an agreement through mediation, but who will give a final and binding price for unresolved issues. . . .