What is new under this agreement is that any issues that can not be resolved at the negotiating table will be sent to an independent third-party mediator-arbitrator for a final and binding award.
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If ratified, the agreement provides a mediation-arbitration process that will conclude collective agreements for bargaining committees for health care, nursing, support services, and administrative professionals.
This decision is likely to set a precedent for other bargaining units affected by essential services legislation.
The 6,500 members represented by the Council of Health Care Unions need to send Stephen McNeil a message that he direct the employers to take bargaining seriously and get a deal done.