January 8, 2024
Dear PEINU Members,
As we begin a new year, I want to express my sincere gratitude and appreciation for your dedication and hard work as nurses. No one knows the true state of the health care system in Prince Edward Island like nurses do. You have faced many challenges and changes, and you have demonstrated resilience and professionalism in providing quality care to your patients and communities.
I wanted to take this opportunity to update you on some of the issues that your Union has been monitoring and addressing over the past year.
We have successfully negotiated a new Collective Agreement that provides significant improvements for our members, such as:
- Salary increases of 12.75% over a four-year period,
- Experienced RN/NP wage rates,
- Unknown shift vacancy premiums that finally recognize “double-time” compensation for full time members,
- “Adverse Weather” compensation for staying at your workplace,
- Recognition of new graduate nurses being Union members as soon as they graduate,
- Designated unit premiums,
- Full time work incentive, and
- Mentorship fund!
We have implemented a new Union structure with an Executive Council of six (6) members who will provide a governance structure and a Provincial Council that is inclusive of nine (9) local presidents geographically located across the Island. This will allow for more opportunities to discuss labour relation/member issues and site-specific concerns. We also have plans for ongoing union education for the council members.
We have been monitoring the arrival of Internationally Educated Nurses (IENs) and ensuring they are supported within the health system. We have also been in discussions with the College (CRNMPEI) on regulation changes and the arrival of new healthcare providers such as Midwives and Registered Psychiatric Nurses.
We have been having ongoing discussions on staffing shortages and Professional Responsibility Forms related to workload issues. We have also been advocating for our members’ concerns regarding service delivery changes, especially in rural EDs.
These are just some of the highlights of the past year. There are many more issues and initiatives that we are working on, and we will keep you informed and involved as we move forward. Nurses care and mend patients and it is the role of the union to care and mend you, our members.
I want to thank you again for your commitment and solidarity as PEINU members. You are the backbone of the health care system, and you deserve respect and recognition for your vital role. I hope you have a happy new year.
“Be the change you wish to see in the world”-