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New Brunswick Crown Prosecutors Collective Agreement

The union representing New Brunswick Crown Attorneys will meet today with a conciliation committee in Fredericton to break a deadlock in contract negotiations with the provincial government over wages. New Brunswick`s Crown Attorneys are currently the lowest paid in the country, according to Steve Hindle, vice-president of the Professional Institute of Public Service of Canada. The New Brunswick Union has reached an interim agreement on one of its negotiating streams. The Administrative Assistance and Program Negotiation Team negotiated last week with NBCC representatives. The interim agreement was reached on Friday. The NBU expects the next stage of the agreement process to be presented to members, answer their questions and pass a ratification vote. All parties involved have worked hard to reach this interim agreement,” said Susie Proulx-Daigle, President of the NBU. “We are proud of everyone who participated. Now we will present the agreement to the members and hear their views. A total of nine groups represented by the NBU have officially signed new contracts in recent months, ratified a new contract or accepted an interim collective agreement. Only 28 of the 61 prosecutors would be considered essential. The specialized Health Care Professionals working group formally signed its new collective agreement with the provincial government on Thursday, September 24. Members of the negotiating team attended the ceremony at Chancery Place in Fredericton, along with Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU legal advisor and chief negotiator, Denis Landry, Minister of Personnel, Health Minister Victor Boudreau, and other government officials. We are pleased that this contract is being signed so that our members can benefit from the benefits we have gained in collective bargaining,” said Mr. Proulx-Daigle. We believe that this is a fair treaty for both parties. A total of eight groups represented by the NBU have officially signed new contracts in recent months, ratified a new contract or accepted an interim collective agreement.

“We hope the province has had an opportunity to reflect on what is happening and the impact of the lack of a collective agreement,” he said, referring to the delay in the justice system that any action on employment would cause. In January, an interim agreement was reached after a meeting with a conciliation body. The new collective agreement between the Medical Science Professionals bargaining group and the Province of New Brunswick was formalized today at a signing ceremony. Members of the negotiating team attended the ceremony at Chancery Place in Fredericton, along with New Brunswick Union (NBU) President Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU Legal Counsel and Chief Negotiator Leigh Sprague, Co-ordinating Labour Minister Joyce Aucoin, Demis Landry, and Health Minister Victor Boudreau. Upon official signing, the terms agreed in the document will come into effect. Treaties will not be achieved without the hard work and commitment of the negotiating teams,” said Susie Proulx-Daigle, President of the NBU. “We are pleased to apply this agreement to our members.” The contract is for five years and three months, effective January 1, 2014 and expires on March 31, 2019. A total of eight groups represented by the NBU have officially signed new contracts or ratified a new treaty in recent months. A couple of groups represented by the Union of New Brunswick – NBCC Administrative and Program Support Services and Program Services of the NBCC – voted on Monday to ratify new collective agreements. I would like to thank the negotiating teams for their hard work, as well as all those who took the time to review and coordinate the agreements,” said Susie Proulx-Daigle, President of the NBU.