On June 2, 1988, a new collective agreement was signed with the Addictions Council. An interim agreement with the general hospitals and the nursing school was rejected by membership on 30 June. Discussions continued with the help of a conciliator in the coming months. The mandatory conciliation procedure has been concluded and no agreement has been reached. The OPINION of the UNSP should focus on keeping pace with other colleagues in the Atlantic Canada Carers Union in order to obtain an adequate wage increase. Pay rates in NS, NB, NL far exceeded THE RATES of the NSP. The island has seen the exodus of UPEI graduates. There were still a lot of RNs all over the island. Health PEI has developed a second return to service (RIS) for nursing students. However, the new agreement had no dollar value. PEINU predicted that the shortage would eventually occur after the introduction of the “Model of Care” initiative, which led to the elimination of many acute and long-term care RN positions on the front line.

Negotiations focused on wages. The main focus of the government was on maintaining a specific wage increase, in line with increases elsewhere in the public sector. The Union immediately launched a public relations campaign that reminded the government that nurses on the island must receive salaries comparable to their Atlantic counterparts to cope with the shortage of care. On 10 August 2006, an interim agreement was reached for UNSP members to receive equal salaries with nurses in the Atlantic region – 8.75% on a three-year contract between April 1, 2005 and March 31, 2008. The negotiating team also recommended ratification of the agreement, which would include improvements in salaries, benefits and the language of contracts, including increased maternity/parental leave insurance, the remuneration of older nurses who care for new nurses in the form of education credits, the increase in employer contributions to the Training Fund and the long-awaited arrival of nurses as new positions in the bargaining unit. To date, the Union has faced the greatest challenges it has ever faced. There were a lot of uncertainties and unanswered questions. The need for collective action and mutual support was an integral part of this. A new collective agreement was reached on March 24, 2009. For the first time in the union`s history, it has moved to binding arbitration to resolve issues that could not be resolved through collective bargaining or conciliation. The main reason for this was an arbitration proceeding was a dispute over the retirement capacity of a new senior retention nurse. The EEA wanted to be on the same level with all other care contracts in the country and make the wage adjustment viable.

The pessu collective agreement did not expire until 31 March 2014, but preparations for collective bargaining began in the autumn with the selection of the EU`s bargaining committee. In recent years, public sector unions have been attacked across the country by federal and regional governments. The federal Department of Employment has developed a model that can put unions back on the job and impose contracts in the event of strikes causing obvious inconvenience to the community.