The forty-seven nursing homes involved in provincial bargaining under CUPE’s Long Term Care Co-ordinating Committee have reached a tentative agreement. The tentative deal, which includes a similar wage package that has been offered to other provincial employees, was achieved through a short conciliation session on Friday, June 21, and is now being voted on by the membership. The details of the agreement will be released after it has been through the ratification process.
CUPE Long Term Care Co-ordinator Kelly Murray says, “It took some time but we are very pleased to be able to recommend this proposal to our members. This is the first time the Department of Health has come to the bargaining table under its own volition to negotiate core issues such as resident-staff ratios and maintaining staffing complements.”
CUPE’s Long Term Care Co-ordinating Committee bargains provincially on behalf of about 3,300 CUPE nursing home workers, including continuing care assistants and dietary, laundry and maintenance staff. The union has been in bargaining since the previous contract expired in October 2011.
The long term care tentative agreement follows on the heels of the tentative agreement achieved on June 20 by the Nova Scotia School Board Council of Unions, which bargains on behalf of 3,700 CUPE school board employees. That agreement, reached through conciliation, is also in the process of being voted on by members.