Nova Scotia Hospital Workers

Nova Scotia Hospital Workers

Welcome to the bargaining website for CUPE hospital workers in Nova Scotia.

This site will be used to keep members up to date during the 2006 round of bargaining.

In this Section

Conciliator files his report October 17

Department of Labour Conciliator Charlie Weir today filed his report to the minister, stating that both sides in the contract talks between CUPE and the NSAHO could not reach a negotiated settlement.

This means we will be in a legal strike or lockout position in 14 days.

MLA contact list

Click on the attached Word file for names and phone numbers of your local MLA. We are urging all CUPE hospital workers to call their elected representatives and ask them to do what they can to make sure we reach a negotiated settlement in this dispute, and avoid a strike. [Oct 17, 2006 09:49 AM]

Bulletin #9 - October 11, 2006

Contract talks for 3,600 hospital workers in 33 hospitals across the province have broken off, setting the wheels in motion for a possible province-wide strike.

Your provincial Bargaining Committee sat down this week with the employers in a serious attempt to resolve the outstanding issues in this dispute. They simply refused to address any of the major issues.

They told us they have no mandate from the provincial government, from which they receive their funding, to find a negotiated settlement. As a result, we have asked the Conciliation Officer to file his report to the Minister. We expect this to happen on October 16, putting us in a legal strike position by November 1.

The outstanding issues continue to be: wage increases (And we’re not asking for 21%!), pension improvements, improved health benefits and benefits for retirees.

Refusal to bargain

As a show of good faith we withdrew the workload issue. We also addressed all of the employers’ issues. We have been more than cooperative. We can only conclude that the work of CUPE hospital workers is being undervalued by our employers.

In addition, the pension talks between the five unions and nine DHAs and the IWK were equally frustrating and unsuccessful.

These meetings with the CEO’s followed a ruling from the labour board that said we could bargain pensions and benefits. Again, they have simply refused to address the pension issue.

CUPE Action Plan

In short, we have three weeks to avert a strike by getting a negotiated settlement. We need your help. We have planned a series of events between now and November 1:

October 23 – We’ll be holding demonstrations in front of every Tory Cabinet Minister’s office across the province. The event will take place at 4:00 pm.

October 30 – The day the Provincial Legislature resumes, we are holding a mass rally. Each District has committed to filling at least one bus with CUPE hospital workers and supporters to come to Halifax. This event gets underway at 6:00 pm.

November 1 - At all eight regional hospitals, we will hold Information Pickets from 6:30 am until 12:30 pm.

Contact your local union for more information about the three planned events.

We’re also asking you to contact your local MLAs and talk to them about this impending strike. See the separate article on this page for contact info.

[Oct 17, 2006 09:44 AM]

Pension talks between five N.S. unions and nine DHAs end in failure

Talks between five health care unions and all nine District Health Authorities (DHAs) and the IWK on outstanding pensions and benefits issues have broken off with no agreement being reached.

The five unions, CUPE, CAW, NSGEU, NSNU and SEIU, are bargaining these issues jointly.

CUPE Acute Care Co-ordinator Wayne Thomas, whose union resumes bargaining next week with eight of the District Health Authorities, says, “Failure on the pension issue has virtually guaranteed we will not be able to reach a settlement in conciliation. Our members have been quite clear that the pension issue must be resolved.

“CUPE hospital workers across the province could be in a strike position by the end of this month. Right now, I am not optimistic that a settlement can be reached,” says Thomas.

CUPE represents service, clerical and health care workers in 33 hospitals across the province, outside the Capital District. [Oct 5, 2006 12:01 PM]

Pensions 101 Brochure

The five unions with members in the NSAHO Pension Plan have prepared a brochure on our fight to gain more control over our pension funds.

Click on the attached PDF file for all the details. By the way, the brochure is being direct mailed to all CUPE hospital workers [Sep 5, 2006 08:43 PM]

Listen to our radio ads

Click here to listen to CUPE's "We're there for you!" radio ads, running across the province. [Sep 1, 2006 05:28 PM]

CUPE hospital workers to launch radio, TV and print ad campaign

Beginning this week, our ad campaign in support of hospital bargaining gets underway across the province. Click on the attached Word document for a rundown of where you can see and hear the ads.

Our slogan is "We're there for you! CUPE Hospital Workers". [Sep 1, 2006 05:01 PM]