Judge rules in favour of N.B. long-term care workers
Published Monday, March 18, 2019 7:00PM ADT
Last Updated Monday, March 18, 2019 10:45PM ADT
Nursing home workers in New Brunswick have a victory in their battle after a judge ruled in favour of the CUPE union.
“The only comment I would make, is that you can see the big smile on my face,” said CUPE N.B. president Danny Légère.
Judge Paulette Garnett of Queen’s Bench rescinded an earlier 10-day stay after finding an issue with the constitutionality of both the original stay and a requested, permanent stay.
The court injunction New Brunswick obtained on March 9 prevented long-term care workers from going on strike.
“Obviously we’re disappointed by the findings today,” said Executive Director of N.B. Association of Nursing Homes, Jodi Hall. “Everything that we have done has been to ensure the comfort, safety and security of our residents. So we can’t apologize for that. We don’t apologize for that.”
Justice Garnett said the province failed to notify CUPE prior to ordering the injunction, which they were required to do. She also ordered the association and government to pay the union $2500 each.
“I thank Justice Garnett for recognizing the value of the work that we do as workers in our sectors,” said N.B. Council of Nursing Homes Union president, Sharon Teare. “I just wish the government would have that same respect for the workers.”
Following Judge Garnett’s ruling in favour of CUPE on all motions, the province and nursing home association applied for an appeal.
“On a go-forward basis, we look forward to getting back to the bargaining table and finding a resolution,” said Hall.
The appeal was still being heard in court as of 7 p.m. on Monday.
With files from CTV Atlantic's Jessica Ng