Nurses and province reach tentative agreement including higher wages and premiums in Winnipeg

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“Healthcare workers have been on the frontlines battling the pandemic, often under challenging conditions. Recently, details of a tentative four-year agreement between the Manitoba Nurses Union and the province have been revealed, shedding light on the much-anticipated deal that will impact thousands of nurses in the region.

Wage Increases and Incentives
According to the information obtained by Global News, the four-year agreement includes an 11.25% wage increase for employees, retroactive to April 1, 2024. The increase will be distributed over the years, with 2.5% in 2024, 2.75% in 2025, 3% in 2026, and another 3% in 2027. Additionally, a full-time incentive of $5.95 per hour, totaling $12,000 per year, will be implemented once the current incentive memo ends on April 1, 2025. Nurses in specific regions, such as the Northern Regional Health Authority and Churchill, will receive a 5% wage increase in 2024 and 2025.

Premiums and Vote
In terms of premiums, nurses working on weekends will see an increase from $2 per hour to $5.75 per hour. Nurses in critical care settings, including the ICU, emergency department, and urgent care, will also receive additional premiums. ICU nurses will receive an extra $3 per hour, emergency department nurses will get $4 extra per hour, and urgent care nurses will receive a $2 per hour premium. Members are set to participate in a two-day vote on the agreement beginning next Thursday, May 16.

Conclusion
The negotiations between the Manitoba Nurses Union and the province highlight the ongoing challenges and demands faced by healthcare workers. While the proposed agreement offers wage increases and incentives, it is essential to consider the broader impact on the healthcare system, including staffing levels, workload, and overall quality of care. As we navigate through these discussions, it is crucial to prioritize the well-being of nurses and ensure that they are adequately supported in their vital roles. Ultimately, a fair and equitable agreement will benefit not only the nurses but also the communities they serve.”



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