Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Two groups sign first contracts

The two newest groups to join the New Brunswick Union officially signed first contracts on Wednesday.
Members of the Mount Saint Joseph Nursing Home and the Miramichi Senior Citizens Home components each signed one-year agreements with the respective employers.
The contracts run until Aug. 16, 2018.
"We're very pleased these two groups have signed their first contracts," said NBU President Susie Proulx-Daigle. "Both sides have worked hard during the bargaining process and should be commended."
The contracts are unique as it's the first time the NBU has negotiated leave for domestic violence into an agreement.
"We believe domestic violence leave should be available to all New Brunswickers," Proulx-Daigle said. "We will continue to push for it in negotiations, with the ultimate goal of it becoming part of the labour laws in our province."
The contracts also mark the first time professional and supervisory employees in provincial nursing homes have organized and negotiated a collective agreement, something the NBU hopes to see more of in the future.
The workers in the groups represent a diverse cross section of jobs including dieticians, recreation directors, director of finances, administrative staff, directors of nursing, assistant director of nursing, director of plant, director of housekeeping and laundry, human resources, outreach workers and ingredient control.