Nurses' union approves contract

Montréal Gazette, November 20, 2010 Quebec's largest nurses' union have approved a new contract for its 58,000 members. The deal was okayed by a "strong majority" of delegates at a meeting in Montreal, the union announced yesterday. Final ratification for the full membership will be sought in a referendum January 19 and 20. The deal includes a 3.45-per-cent pay increase for shift work. Nurses working regular day shifts in CLSCs and other public institutions will receive a two-per-cent pay hike per year. They also negotiated shift premium increases of up to 14 per cent for working nights or in wards with increased responsibility and stress. The top hourly wage for a registered nurse is $36 an hour. © Copyright (c) The Montréal Gazette