Saskatchewan nurses who've been negotiating for a new collective agreement have been offered a wage hike worth almost 35 per cent more over four years, a management group says.
Now the Saskatchewan Union of Nurses, which represents about 7,200 registered nurses and registered psychiatric nurses, says it is very close to reaching a deal with the Saskatchewan Association of Health Organizations.
SAHO said its latest offer includes wage increases over four years totalling, with compounding, 34.9 per cent per cent for general duty nurses. That would raise their annual salary to $86,624 from $64,232.
Nurses who have 20 years of experience or more would make $88,359 a year at the beginning of the fourth year of the contract, an increase of 37.6 per cent.
The latest SAHO offer is a jump up from what was offered to SUN two weeks ago. That offer would have seen general duty nurses earning about 27 per cent more four years from now. Nurses with 20 years experience would be in line for an extra 2 per cent.
SUN president Rosalee Longmoore said Monday morning there are just a few more things for the two sides to discuss, including wages for nurse-practitioners and agreements on minimum staffing levels. A deal could be reached within hours or the next day or two, she said.
The last contract expired on March 31.