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SYDNEY – Another union contract has been reached between Breton Ability Centre in Sydney and a group of its employees, this time it’s LPNs (Licensed Practical Nurses) in CUPE Local 1478.

CUPE National Representative Wanda Power says, “The 50 LPNs ratified their new deal in a ratification vote late last week. While they are happy with receiving the provincial wage template of 7.5% increases over three years, they were not happy with having Bill 37 hanging over their heads in bargaining.

“With the passage of the McNeil Government’s Essential Services Act, these employees felt they had little choice but to accept the offer. There were other outstanding issues, such as a recruitment and retention bonus for long service employees, that weren’t contained in the offer,” says Power.

Power says, “After concluding this round of bargaining, it is quite clear to us that Bill 37 is designed to tilt the balance of power in favour of employers in the health care and community services sector.”

For information:

Wanda Power    
CUPE National Representative  
(902) 539-4933

John McCracken
Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180