March 17, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) -- The province has signed collective agreements with two of New Brunswick's public sector unions.
"After intense negotiations over the last three days, we have reached three separate agreements with the New Brunswick Union (NBU), as well as an agreement with a bargaining group represented by the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU)," said Human Resources Minister Rick Brewer. "Each of these contracts includes the province's new wage restraint mandate of a two-year freeze on wages and monetary benefits."
Last week, government representatives met with New Brunswick's public sector union leaders to discuss the steps the province is taking to reduce spending in the face of a troubled economy, including the two-year wage freeze for all members of the public service as well as MLAs.
"When we met with the public-sector unions, we asked them to be part of the solution and to work with government during these difficult times," said Finance Minister Victor Boudreau. "I am pleased to say that the NBNU and the NBU have responded to that call to action."
The new collective agreements apply to the following groups:
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5816.