As you know, the mediation arbitration agreement between the four unions (NSGEU, NSNU, CUPE and Unifor) and the New Scotia Health Authority and IWK Children`s Hospital will terminate all collective agreements of the four bargaining units in the areas of care, health, support services and administrators by the end of 2018. Mediator/Arbitrator William Kaplan granted people in the health care tariff unit an increase in shift and weekend bonuses. Health professionals received an increase of 50 cents per hour from their current hourly wage. Shift bonuses are additional allowances that are earned when people have to work in the evenings, overnight or on weekends. The increase will be implemented as follows: Nova Scotia`s first provincial vote in favour of the Health Bargaining Unit will take place for all 6,500 health care workers, from Yarmouth to Halifax, Colchester and Cape Breton. Mediation/conciliation of issues that have not been resolved in negotiations. Increase in wage rates over a period of 6 years (the contract would expire on October 31, 2020) A timetable for the conclusion of the four collective agreements by the end of 2018 A collective agreement is a written legal contract comprising workers grouped in a bargaining unit. The contract will be concluded through collective bargaining between the union and the employer. The four bargaining units will continue to negotiate with employers. What is new in this agreement is that any issues that cannot be resolved at the negotiating table will be referred to an independent external arbitrator. The Council of Health Care Unions is made up of NSGEU, CUPE, Unifor and NSNU. The Council was legally required to negotiate 16 collective agreements for iWK and NSHA.