Jan. 23, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A contract reached with the provincial government on Jan. 5 has been ratified by members of the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU), Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer announced today.
"This is a significant achievement for our province, and for the hardworking nurses who are the foundation of our health-care system," said Brewer. "Our government's vision for a strong, self-sufficient province relies on our ability to recruit and retain highly skilled nurses. We believe that this latest agreement will help to achieve this goal."
The contract provides wage increases of 11.5 per cent over three years, increases in evening, night and weekend premiums, and a retention premium of three per cent for nurses with 25 or more years of experience. The contract also provides additional maternity leave benefits, and an increase in the employer contribution to the nurses' pension.
To address working conditions, the Department of Health, Regional Health Authorities, and the NBNU have developed a partnership agreement that will focus on recruitment and retention, and on transforming the workplace.
The agreement covers about 5,500 hospital registered nurses, public health nurses, and community health nurses. Representatives of government and the union will officially sign the new collective agreement in the coming weeks.
This agreement represents the twelfth contract government has successfully negotiated since October 2006.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources 506-444-5816.