Your bargaining committee is pleased to announce that we have reached a tentative agreement. We wish to thank all the members for your patience and perseverance through the uncertainty of the last several years as you weathered upheavals in your employment and long delays in bargaining.

All members are encouraged to attend a drop-in information session on Sunday, July 23 from 3pm to 7pm at Place Beauséjour. The ratification vote will be held on Monday, July 24 from 2pm to 7pm in the family room.

The new collective agreement would expire June 30, 2018. It brings in significant salary increases as well as lump sum payments (prorated based on your FTE) of $4,000 for 2015 and $6,000 for 2016. Improvements were also made to evening and night shift differentials.

The agreement also makes enhancements to benefits including increases to the flexible health spending account, $3,000 annual extensive dental and $3,000 lifetime orthodontic coverage, and a three per cent employer matching RRSP contribution.

Harassment language will also be included in the collective agreement.

We look forward to discussing this agreement in more detail with you at the information session on Sunday, July 23 (3pm to 7pm at Place Beaséjour).

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your bargaining committee with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Wendy Novotny
Robert Obernauer
Rebecca Kiffiak
Francisca Bernardo

Chris Dickson (Negotiator)