Collective agreement reached for more than 6,000 health care workers

A mediator-arbitrator has helped reach a collective agreement for more than six-thousand employees in the health care bargaining unit at the Nova Scotia Health Authority and IWK.

This comes after nearly two years of bargaining and a province-wide strike vote earlier this spring.

The outstanding collective agreement issues were referred to a mediator in May and the award was issued Wednesday.

In a joint media release from the health authority and IWK, officials say they feel the decision from arbitrator Bill Kaplan is fair and reasonable, although they didn't release details.

The agreement affects 6,500 health care workers in a number of unions including the NSGEU, CUPE, and the Nova Scotia Nurses’ Union.

 A decision on one outstanding item, shift and weekend premiums, has been reserved until next week.