Charlottetown – “After 14 months of bargaining, conciliation and bargaining again, the CUPE Provincial Health Council and Health PEI were able to reach a tentative collective agreement on October 29, 2014, which our members today have overwhelming supported and ratified”, says Bill McKinnon, National Representative for the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).
CUPE represents approximately 950 health care workers in four (4) CUPE Locals on PEI. CUPE health care members work in the Dietary, Laundry, Housekeeping, Laboratory, Maintenance and other support services in the health sector across the province.
“After the tentative collective agreement was reached, the Health Council Locals prepared and distributed information packages to each of our members across PEI and thereafter held four information meetings across the province to allow members the opportunity to ask questions about the package. The last meeting was December 2, the secret balloting occurred provincially on December 3 and the ballots were counted the next morning.
We are very pleased to report that with 466 ballots cast, the members have overwhelmingly ratified this tentative deal by 93%. This is a significant vote of confidence for the work the members of the Health Council’s negotiating committee put in on behalf of their members.
This deal is a four year agreement expiring on March 31st, 2017 with wage adjustments over the four years totalling 8%. We were also able to obtain Maternity and Parental benefit top up, vacation improvements, as well as language surrounding wage continuation for members awaiting a decision on WCB claims, representing some of the more significant changes.
Overall, it is a fair and reasonable settlement considering the economic realities in our world today”, concluded McKinnon.