Their collective agreements expire March 31st, 2012. “This component convention will set the direction for next round of collective bargaining,” stated NAPE President Carol Furlong.

“Recruitment and retention continue to be priority issues,” said Ms. Furlong. “By the year 2015, there will be 50,000 job vacancies in this province. Newfoundland and Labrador has to be competitive with the rest of the country if we are to address the labour shortages in the next few years. This province has to be seen as one of the best places to live and work. The only way to do that is to ensure that we are competitive with other regions. It is our intention to try and secure collective agreements that will offer incentives to retain and recruit health care workers,” said Furlong. “Our economy is vibrant and government has to recognize the need to negotiate collective agreements that will ensure a viable workforce now and into the future in order to maintain quality health care for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador,” Furlong stated. Other NAPE bargaining groups will also be meeting in the coming weeks.

For further information contact
Carol Furlong at or 709-691-5701 or 709-570-2471