NAPE reaches reclassification agreement for utility workers

Union emerges triumphant in showdown with Classification Appeals Board


St. John's (30 Jan. 2008) - The Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) has reached an agreement resulting in the reclassification of hospital support employees, also known as utility workers.

"After a lengthy process NAPE was finally successful in having the matter of the reclassification of utility workers finalized through the Classification Appeals Board," NAPE president Carol Furlong reports in a letter to members.

"NAPE aggressively pursued this matter, taking steps beyond the normal process on behalf of utility workers in the health care system," she says.

"As you are aware, the original request for reclassification was denied and then appealed. When the Classification Appeals Board determined they did not have the jurisdiction to deal with the matter, in an unprecedented move, NAPE took the matter to the courts where we were successful in a decision to have your reclassification appeal reheard." NUPGE

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? Full text of letter from Carol Furlong