To the LPN members of NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor

On June 15, 2020, Arbitrator Lorraine Lafferty issued a Consent Award granting an increase of 12% to the pay rates for LPNs represented by the NSGEU at the former Capital District Health Authority. The increase is retroactive to March 17, 2014.

The Consent Award does not apply to:

  • LPNs represented by any other union in Nova Scotia, or

  • LPNs represented by the NSGEU with employers other than the former CDHA.

The Consent Award was the culmination of a Review Process initiated by the NSGEU on March 17, 2014. The Review Process and subsequent grievance were pursued on behalf of LPNs who were employed by the former Capital District Health Authority. For that reason, the Consent Award only applies to LPNs from the former CDHA represented by the NSGEU.

The Review Process was part of a special provision in the NSGEU collective agreement with the former CDHA. When there were substantial changes to a position during the term of the collective agreement, the position was analyzed using the Aiken (Watson Wyatt) job evaluation system. The outcome of the Watson Wyatt analysis was the basis for achieving the higher pay rates for LPNs in this case.

Collective agreements for LPNs working for other employers or represented by other unions in 2014 did not include this type of job review process.

Regardless of the scope of the Consent Award, we recognize that all LPNs in Nova Scotia have seen an increase in their duties and responsibilities over time and hold an advanced role in patient care. We are committed to wage parity for all LPNs, whether they work in acute care, long-term care or community care.

We are prepared to fight to achieve wage parity for LPNs through any means possible, including filing grievances, mounting campaigns, and meeting with government and employers. Each of the unions will keep their members informed of what is planned.

We appreciate the support of our members while we work our way through this.


LPN Reclassification Union Calling - June 22, 2020

LPNs

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NSNU News Release

Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union seeks equal acknowledgement & compensation for all LPNs

NSNU Letters

The NSNU has sent letters to employers and the government on this issue. You can read two of those letters below, and a response from an employer:

Janet Hazelton letter to Premier Stephen McNeil

Janet Hazelton letter to Dr. Brendan Carr, NSHA CEO

Response from Dr. Brendan Carr - June 22, 2020

Letter from Dr. Brendan Carr - July 3, 2020

NSNU News Coverage

News 95.7

The Todd Veinotte Show
Sunday, June 21, 2020, 10am Hour

00:00 – 10:05: Janet Hazelton, president of the Nova Scotia Nurses Union, says the 12 per cent increase awarded to LPNs who work in HRM should be extended to nurses across the province. She joins the show to tell us more.

The Sheldon MacLeod Show | Wednesday, June 17, 2020, 1pm Hour

33:00 – 43:40: New compensation and back-pay for certain nurses in Nova Scotia were just announced this week. Janet Hazelton with the Nova Scotia Nurses Union joins us to tell us why the same pay should go to all nurses.

CBC News
Nurses union demands all LPNs get new pay raise

The Chronicle Herald
All LPNs should share in pay hike awarded NSGEU employees, NSNU says

Canadian Press
Nova Scotia Nurses' Union demands same pay bump after arbitration award

 

 

LPN Reclassification

To the LPN members of NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor

On June 15, 2020, Arbitrator Lorraine Lafferty issued a Consent Award granting an increase of 12% to the pay rates for LPNs represented by the NSGEU at the former Capital District Health Authority. The increase is retroactive to March 17, 2014.

The Consent Award does not apply to:

  • LPNs represented by any other union in Nova Scotia, or

  • LPNs represented by the NSGEU with employers other than the former CDHA.

The Consent Award was the culmination of a Review Process initiated by the NSGEU on March 17, 2014. The Review Process and subsequent grievance were pursued on behalf of LPNs who were employed by the former Capital District Health Authority. For that reason, the Consent Award only applies to LPNs from the former CDHA represented by the NSGEU.

The Review Process was part of a special provision in the NSGEU collective agreement with the former CDHA. When there were substantial changes to a position during the term of the collective agreement, the position was analyzed using the Aiken (Watson Wyatt) job evaluation system. The outcome of the Watson Wyatt analysis was the basis for achieving the higher pay rates for LPNs in this case.

Collective agreements for LPNs working for other employers or represented by other unions in 2014 did not include this type of job review process.

Regardless of the scope of the Consent Award, we recognize that all LPNs in Nova Scotia have seen an increase in their duties and responsibilities over time and hold an advanced role in patient care. We are committed to wage parity for all LPNs, whether they work in acute care, long-term care or community care.

We are prepared to fight to achieve wage parity for LPNs through any means possible, including filing grievances, mounting campaigns, and meeting with government and employers. Each of the unions will keep their members informed of what is planned.

We appreciate the support of our members while we work our way through this.


LPN Reclassification Union Calling - June 22, 2020


CFNU Canadian Labour Congress