Labour Relations briefs

B.C. nurses ratify extension; Mill union wants upcoming increase
By Compiled by the editors of CLV Reports
|Western Report|Last Updated: 05/19/2009

B.C. nurses ratify extension

Victoria — On April 8, those members of the British Columbia Nurses’ Union who are covered by the provincial collective agreement voted 96 per cent in favour of a two-year extension of their current contract. Instead of general wage increases, which the provincial government has proscribed for public service employees over the next two years, the nurses will receive labour market adjustments of about three per cent on April 1, 2010, and April 1, 2011. The hope is B.C. can thereby remain competitive in recruiting and retaining nurses. The nurses received a 4.2-per-cent general wage increase on April 1 of this year. A joint committee to address issues such as workload, benefits, scheduling and reducing long-term disability rates has also been established. As well, the union wants to address workplace health and safety issues and violence prevention.

Mill union wants upcoming increase