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August 3, 2001 – Negotiations between the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions and nursing home operators have ended without a settlement. The two groups have been meeting for the last three days with the assistance of a mediator.

The Employer has refused to deal immediately with the workload crisis. They want to study the problem. We want them to solve the problem. Our members are injured, exhausted and overworked. They cant wait while the Employer evaluates what is obvious to those who work in nursing homes, to the residents and their families, said Gordon Black, CUPE Nursing Homes Coordinator for NB.

A strike vote has been scheduled for August 8. Members from the 35 CUPE Locals that comprise the NBCNHU will have the chance to vote on the latest offer from the nursing home operators. The negotiating team is recommending that the offer be rejected.

The NBCNHU represents 2,500 nursing home workers across the province.

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For more information: Gordon Black, (506) 575-2304 (h), (506) 461-4829 (cell)

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