RNs - Yukon

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Whitehorse hospital nurses, health-care staff sign new contract

CBC News, June 30, 2008 A strike has been averted at the Whitehorse General Hospital, as management and the union representing nurses and other health-care professionals signed a new collective agreement late Friday. The new contract includes a nine per cent wage increase over three years for about 150 nurses, pharmacists, dieticians, social workers, therapists and other health-care staff at the Whitehorse hospital. The workers will also receive a two per cent market adjustment in the third year of the contract ... Whitehorse

Tentative agreement struck between Whitehorse hospital, union

CBC News, June 27, 2008 A possible strike at Whitehorse General Hospital may have been averted, as hospital management and the union representing 150 of its nurses and other health-care professionals reached a tentative agreement Friday. Hospital chief executive officer Joe MacGillivray told CBC News that he would not comment on the agreement until it's approved by the facility's board of directors and by affected staff. ... Tentative

Whitehorse hospital, union, ask for conciliator in talks

CBC News, April 11, 2008 Whitehorse General Hospital and the union representing its nurses are asking Ottawa to help them work out a new contract. Hospital management and negotiators with the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada have asked federal Labour Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn to appoint a conciliator for the talks, which broke off April 4. The nurses' previous collective agreement expired on January 31. The Ottawa-based union represents more than 100 nurses at the Yukon hospital. ... Whitehorse

Low morale among Whitehorse General nurses: union

CBC News, May 22, 2007 A critical staffing shortage at the Whitehorse General Hospital has led to low morale and overworked nurses filing more grievances than usual, says the president of the nurses' union. Michèle Demers, president of the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada, said nurses are being shuffled between departments to fill gaps created by the staff shortage. "The morale is low. The number of grievances have increased," Demers said. "There appears to be some leave requests that are denied." Demers added that the hospital continues to hire nurses on a casual or on-call basis, as well as restricting vacation leave for its nurses this summer ... Low<

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