Friday, May 1, 2020

Mobility agreement extended

The New Brunswick Union and the government of New Brunswick have agreed to extend the mobility agreement to May 31.
The agreement allows some members to be shifted to other jobs in order to provide much needed help and support during this pandemic.
We did this for a few reasons. In times of crisis, we need everyone to step up and do their part. Unions preach solidarity, it’s one of our founding principles, and now is the time to practice what we preach.
The second reason is by negotiating the terms with government, we avoided the issues facing unions in other provinces, specifically Quebec. Their government simply suspended union contracts allowing them to do whatever they want with employees.
For us, negotiating the agreement meant we could make sure the needs of our members were protected. It means childcare and other factors will be considered before people are asked to take on another position.
The mobility agreement is integral in keeping our members jobs protected and making sure they receive a steady income throughout this crisis.
The only change to the agreement is that casuals in Part I (the civil service, not schools and hospitals) who work on a sporadic, non-continuous, or on-call basis will only be paid for hours actually worked instead of hours for which they would have otherwise been scheduled.
If you have any questions about the mobility agreement, please contact you LRO by calling our office at 458-8440 or by email. The email addresses of our staff can be found at this link: http://nbu.ca/index.php?option=com_contact&view=category&id=4&Itemid=238&lang=en