Nurses’ bonus unpopular with union allies

Competition may have sent baker back to table
By Gordon Sova
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 02/04/2011

The Quebec nurses’ union, Fédération interprofessionnelle de la santé du Québec, or FIQ, ruffled a few feathers in the Common Front with its tentative agreement.

In the face of a strict government line on wages, the unions bargaining for the Quebec public service, school boards and hospitals had negotiated common wage increases. These were ratified in October.

FIQ, however, continued to bargain and were rewarded with a 15-minute premium every shift to account for the overlap between shifts. Employees who do not work in facilities where this overlap is necessary received a 2.0 per cent annual premium instead.