Dear NAPE Healthcare Member,

First off, thank you for all that you are doing to provide care, compassion, support, and protection in our province’s hour of need. You are the heroes on the front lines of this fight.

Good Neighbour Agreement

Labour unions representing health care workers across the province have reached an agreement with the Regional Health Authorities (RHAs) and The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (NLCHI) to help ensure a uniform and coordinated response to COVID-19 in our health care system.

This Agreement applies to members with the RHAs and NLCHI only.

NAPE, the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU), the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), and the Association of Allied Health Professionals (AAHP) have all signed on to this Agreement.

Newfoundland and Labrador joins several other provinces across Canada in reaching such agreements, often referred to as Good Neighbour Agreements. A similar agreement was reached in 2009 for the H1N1 outbreak.

The Good Neighbour agreement lays out a planned and mutually agreed-upon response to the current Public Health Emergency created by the COVID-19 pandemic. The Agreement ensures the health, safety and security of the people of the province while protecting the health care workers who are on the front lines of the pandemic response.

The Agreement includes provisions for compensation due to self-isolation, scheduling, assignment of duties, deployment of staff, and protections related to childcare.

The Agreement can be found in full here: CLICK HERE

We have broken down some of the key elements for your info here: Good Neighbour Agreement Info

Please read the Agreement in full to understand how it may be implemented in your workplace.

If you have questions or if you run into issues in the workplace, please contact your NAPE Servicing Representative.

Who is my rep? Click Here

How do I contact them? Click Here

These are unprecedented and challenging times.

Your union is doing everything in our power to ensure that our healthcare system is agile and responsive in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic, while also protecting the rights of our members. The Good Neighbour Agreement strikes that balance.

We’re all in this together.

This Agreement shows that everyone involved is focused on one goal – beating this virus.

In solidarity,

Jerry Earle              Trevor King

President                Secretary-Treasurer