“Home and youth care workers play a vital role in our province’s health care system — providing care and support to some of our provinces most vulnerable." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
St. John's (17 Dec. 2015) — Over 4,000 home and youth care workers, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE), have ratified their collective agreements. Voting for all home and youth care members concluded this week.
Bargaining teams negotiate import improvements to collective agreements
The agreements are between home and youth care workers, represented by NAPE, and 27 home care agencies. The ratified agreements include increases in wages, a signing bonus, as well as improvements in sick leave and other contract language.
“We are very pleased that home and youth care members have voted in favour of these agreements,” said NAPE President Jerry Earle. “Home and youth care workers play a vital role in our province’s health care system — providing care and support to some of our province's most vulnerable. Home care workers allow youth and seniors alike to stay in the comfort of their own homes and their own communities while also reducing the stress, strain, and financial burden on our health care facilities.”
Successive agreements give dignity, respect and remuneration for NAPE/NUPGE members
“When NAPE first started to organize this group, home and youth care workers were making $6 an hour. We are proud to say that by the end of these agreements, these members will be making over $16 dollars an hour,” said Earle. “These agreements represent a major step towards the dignity, remuneration, and respect that home and youth care workers deserve for the valuable service they provide to thousands of people across our province.”
“I would also like to take this opportunity to thank and congratulate the bargaining teams who worked so hard to get us where we are today,” stated Earle.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 360,000 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