Today the Council of Unions representing the healthcare bargaining unit at both NSHA and IWK made a complaint to the Labour Board, through the Minister of Labour and Advanced Education.
In July 2016, after more than a year of requests to the Councils to commence bargaining, the NSHA and IWK filed a complaint to the Labour Board on the duty to bargain. Following that, the employers and the Healthcare Council agreed to begin bargaining with the healthcare bargaining unit. We exchanged initial proposals in October 2016. The Healthcare Council has since declined three sets of bargaining dates in November, December and January.
As employers, NSHA and IWK have been eager to bargain with the Healthcare Council to establish new collective agreements but we are not in agreement with the Council on how to proceed with bargaining these complex new agreements. We have a responsibility to our employees and to the public to negotiate new collective agreements that are fair and support our efforts to deliver the quality health services that our patients, families and communities expect and deserve. We look forward to going to the Labour Board in the hopes that we can resolve our issues, and move forward with the bargaining process in a timely fashion.