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(Fredericton) A tentative settlement has been reached in the strike of nursing home workers in New Brunswick. Voting will begin later this evening on a deal that was struck nine hours after picket lines went up around nursing homes across the province.

The bargaining committee for the 2,500 members of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Workers is recommending approval of the package. Workload was the major issue remaining on the table when the strike began.

Presidents from the 35 CUPE locals across the province will be meeting this evening in Fredericton to review the terms of the proposed agreement. Voting will begin after that meeting, continuing through the day tomorrow.

While the terms of the agreement wont be released until after the members have had a chance to review the proposals, Gordon Black, negotiator for the Canadian Union of Public Employees, which represents nursing home workers in New Brunswick, says progress was made on all the key issues.


For more information:

Gordon Black, CUPE Representative, 506-461-4829 (cell)

Robert Fox, CUPE Communications, 613-795-4977 (cell)