Negotiations in 1990
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.
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.