Negotiations in 1990 move forward

The 1990 round of UNA provincial negotiations had a much happier result, the ground being laid in the strike two years previously. The nurses received a shortened work-week, a nineteen percent increase over two years, guarantees of two weekends off in four and a maximum of six shifts at a stretch. Vacations improved, as did long term disability payments and language was added to the contract that prevented the employers from making contractual arrangements with others that would contravene the collective agreement. For the health unit nurses there was at last parity with the hospital nurses.

Bethany Care Home in Cochrane had a long and bitter struggle the following year to get their first contract, but returning to work after five months, they still had not received the same provisions as other hospital workers.