July 24, 2023

Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador ratify collective agreement


July 24, 2023

St. John’s, NL – Registered Nurses (RN) and Nurse Practitioners (NP) have ratified a new four-year agreement with the province. They have been without a contract since June 2022.

“This agreement is a good first step towards stabilizing the nursing field in our province,” said Yvette Coffey, President of the Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland and Labrador (RNU). “It represents a foundation on which we can work together with government to improve healthcare delivery while recognizing the critical work RNs and NPs do every day on behalf of Newfoundlanders and Labradorians.”

Members discussed and reviewed the tentative agreement over a 10-day period. During that time the membership evaluated the offer and 80.6% voted to accept the terms.

Pegged as a stabilizing contract designed to retain and improve recruitment, there are issues that still require attention.

“Our members have been quite clear that while recognition for the outstanding work they have been doing and fair compensation are important, there are other issues such as improving workplace safety that need to be resolved,” said Coffey.

RNU thanks the Negotiating Team for its diligent work and the membership for their confidence in their team.


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Jonathan Hamel
Communications Specialist
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