"Based on discussions we have had with the Minister of Finance we are optimistic we can make significant progress.” - Carol Furlong, NAPE President.
St. John's (11 Sept. 2013) – The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) is headed back to the bargaining table this week for 12 public sector bargaining units.
Bargaining restarts for public sector employees to resolve outstanding issues
According to NAPE President Carol Furlong, NAPE’s Executive officers had a series of meetings over the summer with the Minister of Finance and government officials to try and address the issues that had been prolonging negotiations.
“This is a pivotal time in negotiations,” stated Furlong. “We have reached a point where we will either get tentative collective agreements during this round of bargaining or have no choice but to apply for conciliation. Based on discussions we have had with the Minister of Finance we are optimistic we can make significant progress.”
This week, negotiations are underway for Hospital Support Staff, General Service, Maintenance Operational Services, Newfoundland Liquor Corporation, Student Assistants, College of North Atlantic Support Staff, School Boards, Marine Services, and Laboratory & X-ray. Those scheduled for next week include: Health Professionals, Air Services, and Group Homes.
NAPE represents over 20,000 public sector workers in Newfoundland and Labrador.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE