A tentative agreement has been reached between the RCEA and NRC.  NRC has withdrawn its application for the establishment of an Arbitration Board and they have agreed with our proposal on the implementation date of the new vacation leave provisions.  The tentative agreement provides for the following wage increases:

July 31, 2007 – 2.3%
July 31, 2008 – 1.5%
July 31, 2009 – 1.5%
July 31, 2010 – 1.5%

There are a number of other changes to the agreement including an extra 5 days of annual leave after two years of service and the removal of the 5 and 10 day (certified and uncertified) sick leave requirements.  Details of all the changes will be provided in the ratification package, which will be sent out shortly.