FREDERICTON — The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (NBCNHU) is heading back to the negotiation table on Monday morning.
“After 15 months, negotiations between the NBCNHU and the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association came to a halt in September with 4 majors issues still outstanding – sick leave, pension, wages and workload ”, said Valerie Black, President of the NBCNHU, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 2248.
“Our members were ready to take a strike vote when we received an invitation to go back to negotiation. Three days have been set aside for negotiation next week.”
“Further more, the minister of Training and Employment Development Margaret Ann Blaney has appointed a Conciliation Board. This is an unprecedented move by the Government, said Black. The Nursing Homes are under the Industrial Relations Act and under the Act the Government rarely appoint a Conciliation Board.”
“We hope the Employer is serious about getting a tentative agreement and that the nomination of a Conciliation Board is not just a tactic by the Government to delay a strike action by our members,” concluded Black.
The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions represents 2,900 workers in 39 Nursing Homes.
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