Nov. 8, 2006
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The Province signed a new collective agreement today with the New Brunswick Nurses Union.
The three-year agreement covers about 350 nurses providing community-based services including public health, community mental health, and institutional nurses.
"I would like to recognize all the hard work done by both parties," Human Resources Minister Hédard Albert said. "Many individuals gave an enormous amount of time and energy to ensure this settlement was achieved. They should be proud of their work over the past number of months."
"Nurses are a vital part of our health system, and I am extremely pleased to be able to sign this agreement today," Health Minister Michael Murphy said. "This agreement is an important step toward a new period of health services focused on keeping people healthy at home and in their communities."
The agreement runs from Dec. 1, 2004, to Dec. 31, 2007, and provides wage increases of 11.6 per cent.
"This three-year contract is a reasonable and responsible agreement that will help maintain our competitive position compared to other Atlantic provinces," Finance Minister Victor Boudreau said.
"We believe the agreement has laid the groundwork necessary for continued improvements to our relationship with the union, in an atmosphere of respect, co-operation and trust-building," Albert said. "The Office of Human Resources is committed to the ongoing development of labour-management relations and maintaining a stable labour climate that supports the province's economic and social growth."
MEDIA CONTACT: Christina Winsor, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-453-8014.