Health-care workers get wage increase
Union says agreement means 50-cent-per-hour raise on shift premium rates over 3 years
A mediator-arbitrator has wrapped up a new collective agreement by awarding increased shift premiums for
6,500 employees in the health-care bargaining unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK Children’s Hospital.
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union says William Kaplan has decided on a 50-cent-perhour increase over the next three years to the current hourly premium rate which is added when employees work evenings, overnights or weekends.
The bump includes an immediate 15-cent increase, to be followed by another 15cent increase on Aug. 1, 2019 and 20 cents on Oct. 31, 2020.
The union says as a result of provincial legislation (Bill
148) which set a wage pattern for civil servants and health workers, the shift premiums are one of the few monetary issues that could be negotiated during the current round of bargaining.
Kaplan’s supplemental award concludes the new collective agreement of the Health Care Bargaining unit.
The unit represents health care providers other than nurses, such as medical lab technologists, physiotherapists, Premier Stephen Mcneil said he’s glad a mediator reached a deal for 6,500 health-care workers.
social workers and pharmacists, among others.
Last week, Kaplan wrapped up the terms of the new sixyear agreement which eliminates the long-service award retirement payment.
It includes the legislated
wage increase of 3 per cent over four years, followed by increases of 2 per cent in each of the final two years.
Kaplan also replaced the long-service award with a new benefit — the employee retention incentive.
That incentive will see permanent employees with 25 years of service get a 3.5 per cent wage increase.
The process has seen 19 separate agreements reduced to two agreements for this group of employees.
It resulted in a collective agreement that takes effect Oct. 8 and runs from Nov. 1, 2014, to Oct. 31, 2020. WWW.THESTAR.COM Westjet plans on cutting and reducing flights between Halifax and Newfoundland as part of a larger nationwide route change.
As of Oct. 28, the airline will be cancelling twice-daily service between Halifax and Deer Lake, N.L., a route that has been running since 2015.
They say any guests with bookings beyond that date will be offered refunds or rebooked with their airline partner, PAL Airlines.
“We appreciate and recognize that this is unfortunate news for the communities affected,” Westjet spokeswoman Lauren Stewart said in an emailed statement. Lauren Stewart, Westjet
“We appreciate that this is unfortunate news.”
“Network decisions about routes and frequency are based on data, sophisticated planning tools, guest feedback and ultimately, consumer demand.”
Westjet will also be reducing service between Halifax and St. John’s from four daily flights to three daily flights, also effective Oct. 28.
As well, flights between Halifax and Sydney will be reduced from two daily flights to one daily flight.
Stewart said there will be select additions to their winter schedule for the holidays, but the planned cuts are designed to reduce capacity “to be more in line with consumer demand.”
Atlantic Canada isn’t the only area seeing changes: as part of nationwide route adjustments, the company has reduced their available seat miles — the number of available seats multiplied by the distance flown — by 6 per cent across the country, Stewart said.