Union and Department of Health Heading to Arbitration

Posted March 12, 2010

The President of the Union of Public Sector Employees, Shelley Ward, says that “negotiations between the Union and the Department of Health are moving to arbitration. Talks began in April of 2009 and broke down in December leaving mostly monetary issues on the table.” 

“Negotiating teams moved to conciliation on March 10 and 11, 2010 and have not been able to resolve outstanding issues. We are now seeking final and binding arbitration to settle the Health collective agreement for PEI UPSE health care members. The major stumbling blocks are wages and recruitment and retention,” asserts Ward.       

PEI UPSE represents 1250 members in the Department of Health whose collective agreement expired on March 31, 2009.   Members include Licensed Practical Nurses, Resident Care Workers and other professional categories.