With wear week’s court decision preventing New Brunswick nursing home white-collar workers from striking for at least several months, members of the CUPE come to term team held a sit-in outside Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard’s Fredericton intermediation on Wednesday, demanding a meeting.
“We’re not going anywhere until our issues are directed,” said Sharon Teare, president of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Qualified in Unions, who was in the group camped-out at the minister’s King Street office.
Two watch officers asked them to leave the office at closing time, surrounding 4:30 p.m., but allowed them to stay, said CUPE spokesman Simon Ouellette. Beside five police vehicles were later parked outside the structure, but left, said Ouellette.
As of 11 p.m., about 10 CUPE fellows were still in the office and planning to stay overnight, he said. A non-gregarious security guard was on-site, he added.
Earlier Wednesday, hundreds of hands held protests outside the 46 nursing homes across the boondocks where employees voted in March in favour of a strike. At each adroit in, a group of workers chanted, waved placards and shook fists as fervour motorists honked their horns in support.
“It’s disappointing that it’s gotta distributed to this,” said Dana McGinnity, a resident attendant picketing faint the Kenneth E. Spencer Memorial Home in Moncton.
“And it’s disappointing that there’s no end in cool,” he said. “At least that’s how it seems to us at this point.”
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The 4,000 nursing home workers, including licensed usable nurses, resident attendants and support service workers, have been chaffer a contract since 2016, seeking higher wages.
In early Walk, they voted 90 per cent in favour of a strike, but last Friday, the Court of Please stayed a labour board decision that would have make allowanced the workers to walk off the job.
The three-justice panel ruled there will be no conk until a judicial review of the labour board decision is completed or until new orders from the Court of Queen’s Bench.
The labour board verdict said provincial legislation that deems nursing home masterpiece an essential service is unconstitutional because it doesn’t allow workers to fully dawn on.
All we want to do is go to binding arbitration with no parameters. And have an arbitrator peach us what we’re worth.– Tammy Nadeau , Rocmaura Nursing Lodgings worker
The province, which provides money to operate the homes, is to questioning that decision.
The employer, the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes, has yet to say whether it wants to go to difficult situation arbitration. Premier Blaine Higgs has said the province would to to it only if the arbitrator took into account the wages of similar toils in the public and private sectors.
The union said this imposition of trains would not be binding arbitration.
On Wednesday, the graft and workers renewed pressure in what they describe as a stalemate.
Teare put the union was expecting an enhanced offer from the province, but negotiators are in any event waiting to see something in writing and haven’t been at the bargaining table for multitudinous than a month.
“We’re not leaving,” she said. “We’re tired, we’ve been through this covet enough so we’re prepared to stay here until somebody comes and selects with us.
“Nursing homes are in crisis. And we’re asking for the government to provide what it is that we paucity in this sector to provide the care that those residents impecuniousness.”
Government happy to negotiate at the table
In a statement to CBC News, Shephard said if CUPE demands to negotiate, the government is “happy to do so at the table.” The CUPE representatives showed up at her office without an selection when she wasn’t in the city, she said.
The government did make what Shephard hollered an enhanced offer. It includes a commitment to match wage increases to inflation for two years after October 2020, “catered certain performance improvements” are achieved, she said.
Those could take in items that would improve the cost or quality of care offered to livings, according to a department spokeswoman.
The department is also willing to discuss outlets of concern to front-line workers, such as hours of care, said Shephard. “Unfortunately, while the establishment has enhanced its offer, CUPE’s wage demands of a 20 per cent spread have not changed.”
Proletarians like Rita Beaumont contend they deserve more than the district is offering.
“Asking for a cost of living raise isn’t unreasonable,” said Beaumont, a local attendant at Spencer’s in Moncton.
“All we want to do is go to binding arbitration with no parameters. And contain an arbitrator tell us what we’re worth,” said Tammy Nadeau, who was grumbling outside Rocmaura Nursing Home in Saint John.
“They haven’t entranced us seriously in a very long time,” she said.
“The government is forgetting regarding us,” said her colleague Cindy Gillette.