Health and Community Services
May 31, 2019

Provincial Government Reaches Collective Agreement with Registered Nurses Union

The Provincial Government today announced it has reached a collective agreement with the Registered Nurses Union of Newfoundland and Labrador (RNUNL). Ratification of this agreement concluded on Thursday, May 30, 2019.

Government and the RNUNL, which represents approximately 5,500 members in Newfoundland and Labrador, have reached an agreement that includes no wage increases, the payout and elimination of severance and changes to post-retirement benefits. The agreement is for a term of four years and expires in 2020.

This agreement follows on previous collective agreements with NAPE, CUPE the AAHP and the NLTA in supporting government’s balanced approach to fiscal management, and maintaining services while creating a more affordable public service. The current projected savings of the severance payout across the entire public service is approximately $25 million per year.

“We are happy to have concluded another collective agreement that supports our fiscal approach while recognizing the important contributions of our public service workforce. I thank the leadership of the RNUNL for working with us to reach an agreement that is fiscally responsible and also valuable for their membership, and as always I thank RNUNL members for their crucial role in our healthcare system.”
Honourable Tom Osborne
Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board and Minister Responsible for the Human Resource Secretariat

“Congratulations to the RNUNL’s negotiating team for your dedication and commitment to the process of reaching this agreement. We are committed to working with our registered nurses who play such an important role in health care service delivery.”
Honourable John Haggie
Minister of Health and Community Services

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2019 05 31                              11:05 a.m.