New Brunswick senior centre workers members ratify 2 first contracts

First time professional, supervisory groups negotiated deal in province: Union

Members of New Brunswick Union (NBU) who work at Miramichi Seniors Centre and Mount Saint Joseph voted unanimously in favour of accepting their first contracts during a vote on May 31.

"This is a great accomplishment for the two new groups," said Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU president. "Sometimes getting the first contract can be difficult, but both sides worked hard and came up with deal that's fair for all."

The deal marks the first time professional and supervisory employees in a nursing home in the province have organized and negotiated a collective agreement, something the NBU hopes to see more of in the future, said the union.

The workers in the bargaining units include dieticians, recreation directors, director of finances, administrative staff, directors of nursing, assistant director of nursing, director of plant, director of housekeeping and laundry, human resources, outreach workers and ingredient control, according to NBU.

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