Two locals of the Canadian Auto Workers have scheduled meetings this week across Cape Breton for about 1,900 health-care workers in the Cape Breton and Guysborough Antigonish Strait health districts after tentative contract agreements were reached yesterday and Monday.
The agreements are the latest ones to be settled by the province, which is facing roughly 200 contracts to negotiate in the coming year. Last week, the government settled contracts with 4,100 rural health-care workers and about 3,000 school support staff outside the Halifax region.
“We didn’t achieve everything we set out for, that’s for sure, but it’s the best we could get at this time,” said CAW national representative Susan Burrows.
Both agreements were reached with the help of a provincial conciliator, and the bargaining committee is recommending union members accept the deals. Final ratification votes will be held next Monday.
“We realize the province is in dire straits financially and if they haven’t got it, they haven’t got it,” said Burrows, “and that’s something we had to keep in mind at the table.”