Capital Health raises announced
Health care workers to get 7.5 % raise over 3 years
The 3,600 health care workers represented by Nova Scotia Government and General Employess Union Local 42 will receive a raise of 7.5 per cent over three years.
The final piece of the contract between thousands of unionized workers and Nova Scotia's largest health district was announced Friday.
The Capital Health District Authority was offering 6.5 per cent over three years, while the NSGEU was after a 9.05 per cent increase.
NSGEU spokeman Neil McNeil said although the 7.5 per cent increase was below what the union was asking for, the union is not too disappointed with the result.
The 7.5 per cent increase is also the same figure agreed on by acute care workers from a separate union outside of Capital Health.
McNeil doesn't think that's a coincidence.
"I don't think we can deny, at all, that the CUPE settlement and the CAW settlement that settled before our arbitration had an impact," he said.
An 11th hour decision to go to arbitration earlier this year avoided a strike by NSGEU members.
The ruling is expected to set the wage pattern for thousands of other health care workers as well, including more than 8,000 employees from three different unions waiting for contract renewal.
Bruce English, director of People Services with Capital Health, said they are satisfied with the outcome.
"It gives us parity with the other health care workers in the province,"English said.
This increase will cost Capital Health about $13 million over three years.
English told CBC News that services will be stretched to cover the cost.
"We've eliminated some positions and we've also used - through attrition, through retirements or limiting vacant positions - we've done that," he said.