NAPE President Jerry Earle is much more optimistic about the collective bargaining process with government under new Finance Minister Tom Osborne.
Jerry Earle provided the update to members at NAPE’s biennial convention at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s this morning. He says things have improved under Minister Osborne.
He says there’s still a way to go, but they’re optimistic that a deal can be reached in by the end of the year or early next.
Talks had bogged down under former Finance Minister Cathy Bennett who called in concilliators very early in the process, a move NAPE said at the time was unprecedented.
Bennett resigned as minister in July.
Earle is seeking re-election as NAPE President.