Charlottetown (Oct 21, 2010) – The more than 1,000 PEI UPSE members working for the provincial government`s Department of Health and Welfare have a renewed collective agreement, which will be retroactively renewed from April 2009 to March 31, 2012. Shelley Ward, President of PEI UPSE, said: “Our health members` negotiating team deserves congratulations for their hard work and commitment during the negotiation process. By working together, we have reached a fair agreement for our members who provide essential health services to the people of Prince Edward Island every day. Negotiations between PEI UPSE and the Department of Health and Welfare began in April 2009 and were transferred to conciliation in March 2010, following the lack of agreement between the negotiating teams. Conciliation did not bring the parties together and monetary issues were an important stumbling block. Subsequently, PEI UPSE and the Department of Health and Welfare introduced a mandatory interest rate arbitrage procedure on 21 September, 22 September and 1 October 2010. More than 1,000 health care workers, who are members of the PEI Union of Public Sector Employees (PEI UPSE/NUPGE), have a new collective agreement. Referee Thomas Kuttner handed down the award earlier this week. She explained that “the packages detailing the price have been sent to all PEI UPSE health members and that the union will launch a road show across the province to explain the new salaries and benefits.” The arbitrator, Thomas Kuttner, issued the arbitration award on October 19, 2010 PEI UPSE Department of Health and Wellness members with an increase of 6%: April 1, 2009 (2%), October 1, 2009 (2%), Oct. 1, 2, Oct. 1, 2010 (1%) October 1, 2011 (1%). In addition to the overall economic increase of 6% for all members of the PEI UPSE Department of Health and Wellness, a $0.25 bonus was awarded, as well as salary adjustments for licensed nurse practitioners (8%), psychologists ($6.00), language pathologists, audiologists, social workers and nutritionists (2%) state aid. to balance them with their Atlantic counterparts.