Sun Collective Agreement Wages
The agreement also includes modest increases for registered nurses. You will receive lump sums of up to $800 for each of the 2014 and 2015 fiscal years, followed by 1.5 per cent pay increases for each of the following years. The $800 in payments instead of salary increases show respect for nurses, while recognizing difficult financial times in the province, Zambory said. But we still did not have a collective agreement. Then we started negotiating. I think it was July 1st, we got our agreement. RL: We worked very closely together. We knew it would be a really difficult round of negotiations, because all these new nurses who came to see us had their own collective agreements. So we brought a member from each of these units. It was really a big commission, and our principle was that if nurses could accumulate up to 140 sick days in Regina, we wanted it for everyone. We knew we wouldn`t have that for everyone — we wouldn`t have it all for everyone — so our fall position was “those who have it, they won`t lose it.” DO: At that time, we had the most pro-work government in the province [the New Democratic Party], and they were the ones who had to tell us to get back to work. The strike took place in April, and they [the PND] called for elections at the end of June, and they ended with a minority government. And I think it was a contagion of the strike.
They often do not have a pro-work government that gives the job to unionized workers. They were proud that the negotiation process could be developed to reach a negotiated collective agreement. We went on strike at 7:00 a.m. and at 11 a.m. they introduced laws to get us back to work, so we didn`t have time to see if the work operation would be effective or not. RL: We have a process called the “Security Advisory Process” where you can document critical incidents that occur when there are staff shortages – or equipment problems. Etc. Finally, if employers and unions fail to reach an agreement, it is an independent evaluation committee (IAC). However, the decision of the Independent Evaluation Committee (IAC) was not binding. So we tried to make those decisions mandatory.