Here are the details of P.E.I.’s new deal with its nurses – CBC

‘We weren’t competitive at all before’

May 19, 2023

The P.E.I. Nurses’ Union ratified a new deal with Health P.E.I. this week, and that deal will help with recruitment and retention in health care, the union president says.

Union members voted 83.4 per cent in favour of the deal.

“Very excited, relieved,” said union president Barbara Brookins.

Island nurses were working for more than two years without a collective agreement, and the new deal covers a period dating back to March 2021. Coming this October will be pay increases and new incentives for working weekends and nights, as well as a bonus for committing to full-time positions.

“It’s certainly competitive, and more, than a lot of our counterparts in Atlantic Canada,” said Brookins.

“We weren’t competitive at all before, and so these incentives on top of the salary rate will put us on rates where at least we can hopefully recruit some nurses that are graduating from Nova Scotia and New Brunswick this year.”

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