Bargaining Update

Publish date: Tuesday, September 19, 2017

The MNU collective agreement expired on March 31, 2017. We served notice to the Central Table Employers in December 2016, advising of our readiness to commence bargaining. 

Your Provincial Collective Bargaining Committee then met and finalized a package of bargaining proposals in late January, and since then we have been waiting for the employer to advise that they are prepared to bargain.

In March, the provincial government introduced two pieces of legislation, which severely impact our ability to bargain. 

Bill 28 The Public Services Sustainability Act sets out wage controls over four years. It specifically bars any type of salary increase, additional remuneration or benefit enhancement in the first two years of the legislation and provides limits of 0.75 per cent and 1.0 per cent in the following two years.

The second, Bill 29 The Health Care Bargaining Unit Review Act seeks to reduce the number of bargaining units within the health care sector and force run-off votes between the unions currently representing members. 

Both of these bills have been passed, but have yet to be enacted. 

MNU remains strongly opposed to both bills. We have spoken out publicly, and in May we presented our concerns to the legislative standing committees for each bill. 

In July, we joined other labour organizations in the province filing a court challenge against Bill 28, and applying for an injunction to stop it from coming into effect. 

The court challenge will be a lengthy process. Despite these setbacks, your PCBC remains prepared to bargain.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your PCBC representative. 

 

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