Friday, April 10, 2009

Here, via the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is an appeal for solidarity with nursing home workers in New Brunswick.
NB nursing home workers launch appeal:
New Brunswick nursing home workers are looking for your support in their fight against strike-banning legislation and a legislated wage freeze.
A deal's a deal: support New Brunswick Nursing Home Workers

A day after CUPE's New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions approved a tentative agreement reached in March with the association representing private sector employers, the government extended its two-year wage freeze for public sector workers to cover nursing home workers.

The employer association refused to ratify the agreement they'd just negotiated because they argued they could not be assured of government funding unless the unions agreed to the wage freeze.

Rather than let union and management work things out, the government introduced special legislation declaring most CUPE nursing home workers essential, banning them from striking.
Please take a minute to send email to New Brunswick's premier, finance minister, labour minister and minister responsible for seniors and tell them a deal's a deal.
Please click the highlighted link above or go to THIS LINK to send the following letter to the New Brunswick government.
On March 12th, 2009, the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (NBCNHU) reached a tentative agreement with the New Brunswick Nursing Home Association (NBNHA).

The tentative agreement was ratified by the workers in 46 nursing homes in this province.

The Government has no right to interfere in the private sector collective bargaining process. Respect our legislation and stop interfering with the workers’ rights to free collective bargaining.

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