Bargaining Commences

Publish date: Friday, August 16, 2013


The Manitoba Nurses Union has concluded its first week of bargaining with employer representatives.

Proposals for the Central Table Agreement were exchanged Monday, August 12, 2013 with several face to face bargaining sessions occurring throughout the week. The committees will reconvene on August 26, 2013, and dates have also been scheduled through to the month of October.

Research and member polling, over the past year, coupled with the fact that members continue to fill out workload staffing report forms at an alarming rate show that workload and the nursing shortage are critical issues for MNU members.

Based on that research, safe staffing to address the problem of workload, nurse fatigue and patient safety are some of the top priorities at this round of negotiations.

MNU has developed contract language which, if successful in achieving at the bargaining table, will ensure that employers are more appropriately responsive to the forms and that the responses occur in a timelier fashion.

MNU's three-year agreement with the province expired at the end of March 2013.   

The Manitoba Nurses Union represents 12,000 nurses, from all nursing designations, across the province.


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