CAW Reaches Tentative Agreements for Nova Scotia Health Care Workers

January 29, 2010, 10:17 AM EST

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The CAW has reached 31-month tentative agreements covering 2,300 hospital workers in Nova Scotia.

The tentative agreements were reached the week of January 25 after a tough round of talks. Ratification meetings will take place over the next week.

CAW Local 4600 President Shauna Wilcox said "bargaining is never an easy process but it was made more difficult because of the economic hard times we are experiencing. However, at the end of the day, we made some great gains for our members. I'm very proud of the committee's hard work and commitment to the membership," Wilcox said.

CAW national representative Susan Burrows said "the solidarity of the membership, despite the incredible challenges that workers in this sector face, meant that tangible gains were achieved including parity."

CAW Local 4600, 4603 and 4606 members work at three district health authorities: Cape Breton District Health Authority; Guysborough, Antigonish, Strait Richmond Health Authority and the Izaak Walton Killam Children's Hospital in Halifax.

The CAW represents service units including classifications such as skilled trades, maintenance, security officers, dietary, environmental, unit aides, laundry and porters. 

Also, at the Cape Breton health authority CAW represents the healthcare bargaining unit which includes some classifications such as technologists, Licensed Practical Nurses, Continuing Care Assistants, Social Workers, technicians, therapists, Pharmacists, and Physiotherapists.

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