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Council of Nursing Unions Arbitration Award

December 4, 2018

Mediator-arbitrator William Kaplan has issued an award which establishes a collective agreement for approximately 7500 acute care nurses working throughout the province with the Nova Scotia Health Authority and the IWK.

The award came after mediation-arbitration which took place late last month and concludes a process that began in early September of this year.

As a result of Liberal Bill 148, which legislated a wage pattern for health care workers, your negotiating committee was kept very busy dealing with numerous articles and outstanding issues. All other provisions including language changes will not take effect until February 1, 2019, unless otherwise specified in the award. This time frame allows both sides to prepare for the changes required. During this time, the transitional collective agreements that employers, unions and nurses have referenced since 2011, will remain in effect.

An interactive webinar was held on December 11 to discuss the details of the agreement. A recording of the webinar is available to view on the Members Only section of this website.

The NSNU hopes to post a Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) document online once the team has had time to prepare one.

On April 18, 2019 the NSNU will host a bargaining conference with acute care table officers (president or alternate) in Truro at the Glengarry Hotel. More details regarding this event will be shared with members in the New Year.

The Council of Nursing Unions is made up of representation from NSNU, NSGEU, CUPE, and Unifor. The NSNU would like to thank our NSNU team as well as the Council members from NSGEU, CUPE and Unifor on a job well done.

If you have a comment or question about the collective agreement, please email nsnubargaining [at]

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