Binding Arbitration conditions
The Case for Conditions on Binding Arbitration
Listening to union leaders, be they CUPE or others, one would get the impression that the employer, in the current case, the Nursing Home Association and Government, is being rather stingy in looking at salary rate increases. When numbers like 1% or 2% or 5% over 5 years are thrown around they mean little to the average voter or citizen of New Brunswick.
What goes into a collective agreement is complex and challenging for employers who have to administer it fairly. What often happens in negotiations is that there is a push in early bargaining sessions to get through the narrative of the contract then leave compensation rate increases as the flash-point for government to deal with. Then it gets into the public arena and the public might be tempted to join the chorus of “they are hard-working people, just give the small increase and get this over with.”
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Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.