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October 6, 2003
For immediate release

Government and UPSE Sign Three-Year Collective Agreement

Health and Social Services

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Bargaining teams representing the province's five health boards and the P.E.I. Union of Public Sector Employees signed a three-year collective agreement today, giving approximately 1,400 health sector employees a settlement that covers additional pay scale increases, new provisions for part-time or casual employees and an increase in premiums for weekend work.

Health Sector employees, including Licensed Nursing Assistants, Resident Care Workers, Social Workers, Social Service Workers, Pharmacists, Psychologists, Nursing Supervisors and a variety of other classifications, will receive wage adjustments of 3.25%, 3% and 2.75% respectively for the next three years. The agreement is retroactive to April 1, 2003.

"We are particularly pleased with the education component of this agreement," said Health and Social Services Minister Jamie Ballem. "The new Education Fund starts at $100,000 in year one, and increases in the next two years to $125,000 and $150,000. This will allow for continued education and training for these health care professionals and will give them the opportunity to enhance their working skills."

The agreement also provides for a supplementary benefits plan for maternity and parental leave, and a change in vacation threshold from six years to five years.

The collective agreement was ratified on the weekend when 90% of the union members voted to accept it.

Media Contact: Connie McNeill
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