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Nurses’ Union members to vote on agreement with Health P.E.I.

“I was told that my association with the nurse practitioner would be ended if I continued to seek a family physician,” writes M.V. Feehan.
Nurses’ Union members will vote on a tentative collective bargaining agreement with Health P.E.I.

Health P.E.I. and the union representing 1,260 nurses in P.E.I. have reached a tentative agreement in collective bargaining talks.

Details of the three-year agreement have not been publicly released, but registered nurses and nurse practitioners will receive details in the mail in the coming days.

Mona O’Shea, president of the P.E.I. Nurses’ Union, said she will be encouraging members to vote for the agreement. For a collective agreement to be put into effect, most union members must vote in favour of it. 

O’Shea said the union pushed for improved wages but also focused on improvements to work-life balance and recruitment and retention.

"We feel that we were able to make some headway on both of those. There is more work to be done, however," O’Shea said.

The union has been without a collective agreement since April 1, 2018.

O’Shea said a ratification vote will likely be held by mail sometime around the end of April.

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