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A 32-hour mediation session has resulted in a tentative agreement between the province of Nova Scotia and 3,000 nursing home workers.

CUPE members were poised to strike if the government refused to settle any of the five key provincial issues: wage parity with hospital workers, job security, patient/staff ratios, training and pensions.

The tentative agreement has huge implications for nursing home workers across the country as it is the first time in Canada that a provincial government has sat down and bargained with nursing homes as a single entity.

The agreement was hammered out between CUPE’s provincial committee, the Department of Health and a sole employer, Ocean View Manor of Dartmouth. It is now being presented across the province to each of CUPE Nova Scotia’s 42 nursing home locals for ratification.