Dec. 18, 2002
FREDERICTON (CNB) - The local of the New Brunswick Nurses Union representing 325 civil service nurses has ratified the tentative agreement reached with the provincial government the first weekend of November.
"This is another piece of good news for our employees, our health care system and in fact all New Brunswickers," said Agriculture, Fisheries and Aquaculture Minister Rodney Weston, Minister responsible for the Office of Human Resources.
"The government has repeatedly singled out our health care system as a top priority, and today's agreement is another example of our determination to achieve settlements which strengthen our health care system, recognize the hard work of our employees and balances that with our responsibility to New Brunswick taxpayers," he said.
The group covers public health nurses, community health nurses and nurses working in provincial correctional facilities.
The agreement follows a pattern wage settlement of two per cent economic increases each year over four years, plus wage adjustments to address retention and recruitment issues totaling an additional four per cent over the life of the agreement.
Weston congratulated both negotiating teams for their hard work and commitment to positive labour relations and said he is looking forward to formally signing the new contract early in the new year.
MEDIA CONTACT: Dan Toner, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5288.