HALIFAX, Sept. 30, 2014 /CNW/ - Given recent public comments by Health
Minister Leo Glavine, Unifor remains optimistic that the proposal for a
bargaining association it developed with other health care unions in
Nova Scotia will be established.
The four unions are now calling for an emergency meeting with the
minister to clarify his comments about the bargaining association model
and its status.
"We've read the bill thoroughly and can't understand why the government
would approve a multi-employer bargaining association for the employers
but won't approve a multi-union bargaining association for the
workers," said Lana Payne, Unifor Atlantic Regional Director, referring
to section 26 of the bill. "It is a good model. We proposed this model
because it is smart and sustainable. It would certainly avoid the chaos
that the government is inviting at this point."
Yesterday, Unifor members gathered with hundreds of others at the Nova
Scotia Legislature to protest Bill 1, which will place workers into the
four unions based on their job classification. Union members from
across the province and members of all four unions have been vocal
about their support of the bargaining association model.
"We have given the government a good plan for bargaining," continued
Payne. "We stand by this and know that it is in the best interests of
our members, and will protect the stability we need to ensure a high
quality health care system."
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, including more than 4,000 health care
workers in Nova Scotia, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private
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Shelley Burgoyne, Communications