Sept. 24, 2008
FREDERICTON (CNB) - Government ministers and CUPE Local 1252 today officially signed a collective agreement that covers about 8,300 hospital workers in patient care, institutional services and administrative support.
"This is a proud moment for our government," said Office of Human Resources Minister Wally Stiles. "Today, we have signed a contract that was achieved through tireless negotiation, without the need of third-party intervention. In this contract, our government has also addressed the issue of pay equity, which was a promise we made in the Charter for Change. This is a major step forward in ensuring that all parts of the public service have pay equity."
Stiles was joined at the signing by Finance Minister Victor Boudreau and Health Minister Mike Murphy, along with several representatives from CUPE Local 1252.
"I would like to congratulate both negotiating teams for their hard work in achieving a satisfactory resolution," Boudreau said. "As a government, we must strive for fiscal responsibility while respecting the contributions of our unions and the negotiating process. I believe we have done that effectively with this contract."
The negotiated wage settlement provides a general economic increase of 10 per cent over the length of the four-year contract, and provides pay equity adjustments that will also be implemented over that period. These adjustments were determined after an extensive gender-neutral job evaluation study.
"A self-sufficient New Brunswick relies on a strong and stable health-care system," said Murphy. "With this contract, as well as the tentative agreement that our government has secured with the New Brunswick Nurses Union, we are demonstrating our willingness to work with the employees of this system to ensure stability and quality of service."
The contract is retroactive to June 30, 2007, and will expire on June 30, 2011.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5816.