We have been extremely busy over the past few months in an attempt to move the public sector bargaining process forward.
This update is our eleventh in an ongoing series.
Post-Labour Day Efforts
As you are aware, shortly after Minister Osborne was appointed as the new Minister of Finance, President Jerry Earle and NAPE Secretary-Treasurer Bert Blundon met with Minister Osborne to discuss public sector collective bargaining.
At that meeting, both sides resolved to bring the bargaining teams back to the table starting after Labour Day weekend.
The teams met throughout September and into October and had frank and fruitful talks at the table. This was a significant change in the dynamics at the bargaining table as compared to what we had been experiencing in the year prior.
We have not been able to update members due to the delicate nature of bargaining coupled with the fact that both sides agreed to a communication blackout.
At that stage, myself, President Jerry Earle, Secretary-Treasurer Bert Blundon, and the Bargaining Oversight Committee began extensive, marathon meetings with the Minister of Finance and senior officials from his Department in an effort to resolve outstanding issues and try to find common ground.
I am very pleased to tell you today that we have reached a framework for an agreement with the provincial government.
This has been a long and arduous process and on behalf of Jerry, Bert, the Bargaining Oversight Committee and our Bargaining Teams, I want to thank you all for your support and patience over the past year.
This has been a very difficult round of bargaining, particularly when you consider the current economic situation of the province.
However, we have stood firm in our commitment to getting the best deal possible for our members.
We are in the process of bringing our Bargaining Teams in to go through the packages. Your elected teams will have the final say as to whether or not to recommend acceptance to this deal.
Ultimately, it is you – the members of NAPE – who will have the final say via a democratically held secret ballot voting process.
We are still working on some details with the government – dotting i’s and crossing t’s.
As a result, at this stage, we are unable to relay any further details on the agreement.
I can say, with some sense of relief, that this is a massive departure from where we were – and where we were headed – up until only a few short months ago.
This is good news.
We will update members again after our Teams have had a chance to go over the packages, which we anticipate will happen in the next two weeks.
Ed Hogan, Senior Negotiator on behalf of the
Bargaining Oversight Committee