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Strike By Another Union

As a member of the New Brunswick Nurses’ Union, what do you do if another union takes job action or goes on strike? As members of the NBNU, what are your roles, responsibilities and rights when your co-workers in another bargaining unit head to the picket line?

If strike or job action occurs, the NBNU will be in communication with you during those difficult times by using the Union Calling broadcast system. We will update the NBNU website as often as necessary. Staff and provincially elected representatives will be available to keep you informed.

If you have questions or concerns, we recommend that you first contact your Local Executive members for guidance and advice. Your Local leadership will have access to information via our Strike Action email address to answer questions they may have difficulty addressing. However, we encourage you to call the NBNU office at 1-800-442-4914 if you are still unclear about any aspect of the situation.

The NBNU takes the position that our registered nurses will not work, and cannot legally be compelled to work, on a unit that was not staffed by NBNU members immediately prior to the strike or lockout.

Further, NBNU nurses will not perform the work of porters, dietary, or any other position that provides auxiliary health, administrative or support services, except where the nurses, in his/her professional judgement, deems it necessary to maintain the patient’s immediate health and safety.

Please view the document below for answers to some frequently asked questions in the event of a strike by another union, or employer lockout:

Preparing for a picket line at work (pdf)

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