Health and Community Services
March 26, 2019

Provincial Government Reaches Tentative Agreement with Registered Nurses Union

The Government of Newfoundland and Labrador has reached a tentative collective agreement with the Registered Nurses Union Newfoundland and Labrador (RNUNL).This agreement is subject to ratification by the RNUNL’s 5,200 members from across the province.

The Provincial Government has had considerable success in collective bargaining over the past 12 months, reaching 25 ratified collective agreements in addition to this tentative agreement.

In April and October 2018 the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) ratified 16 collective agreements, while in December 2018 the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) ratified seven collective agreements. In January 2019 government reached a ratified collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP), while on March 4 the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers’ Association (NLTA) ratified its collective agreement.

“I am very pleased we have reached a tentative agreement with the registered nurses of our province. While we remain focused on achieving fiscal balance through our collective agreements with public sector unions, we continue to work towards agreements that recognize the important contributions of our public service workforce. This agreement is a testament to the diligent work of the negotiating teams, and the commitment on both sides to reaching a fair deal which recognizes the valuable work of registered nurses in a fiscally responsible way.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Human Resource Secretariat

“Registered nurses play an integral part in the province’s health care system contributing to all areas of patient care and service delivery. In many instances, they are a person’s first point of contact with the system. We will continue to work with our registered nurses in communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador to help them carry out their valued work.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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2019 03 26                              10:00 a.m.