New Brunswick Engineering, Veterinary and Agriculture
Although the group served Notice to Bargain on January 5, 2010, the employer indicated their unwillingness to negotiate the renewal of the collective agreement until an Essential Services Agreement is in place. The existing collective agreement was ordered by the the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board (NBLEB) in 2005. As a result, the bargaining committee has applied to the NBLEB for changes to the existing order.
New Brunswick Crown Counsel and Prosecutors
The New Brunswick Crown Counsel Association and the New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors' Association were both certified as bargaining agents by the New Brunswick Labour and Employment Board on January 12, 2010. PIPSC is acting as agent for both groups. Bargaining for their first collective agreement commenced on February 1, 2010 with an exchange of proposals. Meetings with the employer have occurred monthly since then. Negotiations for Essential Services Agreements are proceeding concurrently. As negotiations were not successful, a Board hearing is scheduled for June 21, 2010.
Sunnybrook Radiation Therapists (SUN-RT)
The Ontario Government's prohibition on negotiating any compensation-related items for two years has resulted in a quick and unsatisfactory settlement. Some minor adjustments were made to the current agreement, but any real progress will now have to wait until the expiry of the compensation freeze period at the end of March 2012.
Ontario Medical Physicists
Given the freeze on negotiating compensation-related items, the Institute is not hurrying to the bargaining table. Notice to bargain will occur in due course.
Windsor Radiation Therapists (WRH-RT)
Given the freeze on negotiating compensation-related items, the Institute is not expecting anything other than minor improvements in non-compensation issues for this round of bargaining. Notice to bargain will occur in due course.
Deer Lodge Centre - Nursing (DLC-NU)
Bargaining is progressing well. Sessions were held in April and have continued monthly since then. Faced with instability of the Health Employees Pension Plan as a result of poor market returns in 2008, the 10 unions comprising the Manitoba Council of Health Care Unions achieved a settlement which will eliminate any need for pension benefit reductions.
Manitoba Association of Government Engineers (MAGE)
Notice to bargain has been served and the membership was surveyed. Bargaining is expected to commence in fall 2010.
Ste. Anne de Bellevue Hospital
In late May, Chief Negotiations Officer Walter Belyea, Negotiator Lyne Morin and Research Officer Émilie Gagné met with Deputy Minister Jacques Cotton and Assistant Deputy Minister Michel Delamare of Québec’s health and social services department.
The purpose of this meeting was to assess the status of the potential transfer of the hospital from the federal government to the province of Québec. The Québec representatives do not have a target date for the potential transfer, although the federal government seems to be interested in an expeditious transfer. The first phase consists of reaching an agreement for purchasing the services of the hospital for the Québec patient base.
The Québec representatives indicated that if a transfer were to take place, they would discuss with the Institute issues concerning our members’ working conditions. They also recognized the skills and unique expertise these professionals have developed.