NB Nurses Union files complaint with labour board over nurses' premium

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The union representing nurses in New Brunswick is accusing the Vitalite Health Network of bargaining in bad faith when it announced a premium for nurses working at the Restigouche Hospital Centre in Campbellton.

The network recently announced the five per-cent premium in an effort to recruit and retain workers at the psychiatric facility.

But the New Brunswick Nurses Union says the network bypassed the collective bargaining process when it altered the compensation and that it communicated directly with its members.

Union president Paula Doucet says her group supports the recruitment and retention efforts but adds the premium only benefits a fraction of the union's members.

CBC reporting that the union has filed a complaint with the labour board.

A hearing is slated for November 1st.

(with files from CBC)