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(Halifax) A tentative agreement has been reached in contract talks between the Canadian Union of Public Employees and 37 nursing homes in Nova Scotia.

CUPE Long Term Co-ordinator Kelly Murray says the deal was reached late last night (May 26). No details can be released until it is presented to the unions 3,000 nursing home workers.

Murray says a series of regional meetings have been scheduled to present the package to CUPE members, as follows:

  • Sydney, June 8th,
  • New Glasgow, June 9,
  • Halifax June 10 and
  • Yarmouth, June 11

The workers have been working without a contract for 15 months. The main issues in the dispute included staffing ratios, pension fairness, job security provisions and wages.

Murray says scheduled strike votes will continue in case the agreement does not get ratified, either by the union or the employer groups.

For information:
Kelly Murray, CUPE Long Term Care Co-ordinator - 455-4180 (o)
John McCracken, CUPE Communications Representative - 455-4180 (o) - 222-8457 (Cell)