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(Sydney) – A hurdle appears to have been cleared in the contract talks between CUPE and eight District Health Authorities.

CUPE represents some 3,500 hospital workers in dozens of health care facilities outside the Capitol District.

The union and the Nova Scotia Association of Health Organizations (NSAHO) and the DHA’s have resolved an ongoing dispute over how the current contracts are negotiated.  They did so with the assistance of a Conciliation Officer appointed by the Department of Labour and Workforce Development.

CUPE’s Acute Care Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas says,  “The parties have agreed to use the conciliation session which starts this morning in Sydney as a lead bargaining table and have agreed in writing to replicate any settlement negotiated in Sydney at all of CUPE’s other 17 Bargaining Units. 

The parties have also agreed to use the dates of October 22, 28, 29 and 30 to continue negotiations and hopefully arrive at a tentative agreement which would then be ratified by CUPE provincially,” says Thomas.

Thomas says planned regional meetings for CUPE hospital workers scheduled for October and November will remain in place.