Nurses Ratify Agreement

Publish date: Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Bargaining

Members of the Manitoba Nurses Union have ratified their tentative Central Table Agreement.  The province wide vote was 91 per cent (91%) in favour of the contract. 

The four year agreement contains wage increases and market adjustments which total 10.1 per cent (10.1%) over the life of the contract.


The agreement also contains a number of provisions which address patient care and workload issues, ranked as the highest priorities of Manitoba nurses.


MNU President Sandi Mowat said that the bargaining committee is pleased with the strong endorsement by the membership.

“The positive ratification vote shows that our members felt that the agreement addressed their priorities – workload, patient safety and remaining competitive.”


In addition, MNU and the Manitoba government have agreed to work together to reduce the health care system’s reliance on nurses working overtime and the use of agency nurses in an effort to improve patient care and ensure healthier workplaces for nurses.


The ratified Central Table Agreement expires March 31, 2017 and covers approximately 10,000, of MNU’s 12,000, Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Nurse Practitioners and Registered Psychiatric Nurses who provide care in hospitals, long-term care facilities and the community throughout Manitoba.

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