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HALIFAX – The Canadian Union of Public employees has reached a tentative agreement with the provincial government for its approximately 1,000 members employed in Nova Scotia Adult Residential Centres (ARC’s), Residential Care Facilities (RCF’s) and Small Options and Group Homes.

CUPE’s Chief Negotiator Kelly Murray says highlights of the settlement include:


  • Wage adjustments for Licensed Practical Nurses and Journeyman Cooks
  • Economic increases of 2.9% per year and a defined benefit pension plan for employees of the Adult Residential Centres


Murray says the new agreement will also introduce into the sector shift and weekend premiums for employees, as well as a commitment to equalize wages for support staff in the facilities with their counterparts in Nova Scotia hospitals.

The tentative agreement is expected to be ratified over the next couple of weeks.

For information:

Kelly Murray
CUPE National Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (0)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (o)