- According to Paula Doucet, a strike vote will be taken on December 3, president of the New Brunswick Nurses Union.
- CUPE held a 16-day strike in November, and this is the second union to seek strike votes amid rounds of collective talks.
As per Paula Doucet, president of the New Brunswick Nurses Union, a strike vote will be held on December 3.
The union has turned down two provincial offers for a collective bargaining agreement. According to Doucet, the union is not currently bargaining and has not received any offers since the last one was rejected.
She added that voting will take place until December 5 and that the New Brunswick labor board will tabulate the votes on December 6. She described the choice to hold a strike vote as a difficult one.
On Tuesday, she stated over the phone, “It’s not an easy decision.”
The government, according to Premier Blaine Higgs, has not received a counteroffer.
On Tuesday, he said, “You’d expect there would be a counter, and then you’d enter into a negotiation concerning the counter.” “Well, give us a counter, and we’ll proceed from there,” she says.
Since December 31, 2018, workers in two bargaining units of the New Brunswick Nurses Union (NBNU) have been working without a contract.
For years, the province has struggled with recruitment and retention, but members believe the COVID-19 pandemic has made the burden of the profession nearly too great to bear.
Dorothy Shephard, the Minister of Health, stated that discussions had taken place, whether formal or not.
CUPE held a 16-day strike in November, and this is the second union to seek strike votes amid rounds of collective talks.
Ernie Steeves, the Finance Minister, stated that everyone must return to the table.
“The nurses must understand how much we cherish them,” he stated. “They have a monumental task ahead of them, and we know we must rise to the occasion.”
“We’ll figure it out.” We have to get it worked out.”
Source: Global News
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