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Reach agreement on all but one outstanding issue

(Halifax) – Contract talks between 3,000 CUPE hospital workers and 35 hospitals have resulted in agreement on all but one issue, which will now proceed to Final Offer Selection (FOS).

CUPE Hospital Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas says, “The single biggest issue we faced, which was contracting out, has been resolved to the satisfaction of both parties. We are pleased to have been able to put this critically important issue behind us.”

Says Thomas, “The issue of the 70-hour work week for the clerical unit will be dealt with through FOS and the Selector (arbitrator) Bruce Outhouse. Both parties must have their final positions submitted to him by April 22, and will appear before him on April 27.”

Under FOS, the outstanding issue as well as all agreed to items will be imposed by the ruling of Mr. Outhouse.

FOS is a form of binding arbitration introduced by the Hamm government when it withdrew Bill 68. CUPE represents the full spectrum of hospital workers, excluding RNs, everywhere in Nova Scotia except the Halifax area.

For information:

Wayne Thomas John McCracken

CUPE Hospital Co-ordinator CUPE Communications Rep.

(902) 759-1057 (Cell) (902) 455-4180 (o)