A collective agreement is a written and binding contract between the union and the employer that sets out the terms and conditions of employment. The Manitoba Nurse`s Union continually seeks to improve working conditions, wages and benefits by negotiating new collective agreements. The majority of MAHCP members of the central table bargaining units who voted ratified the collective agreement. Winnipeg (Sept. 2011) – On August 31, 2011, after sixty-nine days of negotiations, a preliminary agreement was reached between the Manitoba Association of Health Professionals (MAHCP) and Manitoba Health Care Employers, who are participating in the central negotiations with MAHCP. The MAHCP Bargaining Committee, consisting of Wendy Despins – President, Lee Manning – Executive Director and ten MAHCP members working within the 22 bargaining units at the MAHCP Central Table, recommended that members accept the provisional agreement. The work program updates at the end of each month a list of collective agreements inherited from previous years, which includes 500 or more workers in provincial courts and 100 or more workers in federal courts. The majority of the members of the collective units of the Central Table who voted ratified the collective agreement. The following collective agreement units have new collective agreements from April 1, 2010 to March 31, 2014.
Although about two-thirds of mahcp central table members voted to ratify the interim agreement, five bargaining units rejected the settlement proposal. CUPE Local 500 negotiates and manages fourteen collective agreements and has approximately 5,000 members. Our bargaining units range from one member to about 5,000 in the City of Winnipeg. Some benefits for UNM members are not included in the collective agreement, but are provided by joint pension and benefit trust committees: nurses have also benefited from a jointly funded COLA fund for all health professionals covered by the Healthcare Employees Pension Plan (HEPP). Contributions to the COLA Fund will start in 2014 and COLA will be disbursed in 2018. . . .