FREDERICTON (CNB) - Staff from the Office of Human Resources will meet soon with representatives of the New Brunswick Nurses Union to try to identify and resolve outstanding issues pertaining to a proposed contract between the province and the union.
In a ratification vote yesterday, union members rejected the proposed contract with the Government of New Brunswick.
Human Resources Minister Wally Stiles said that he is disappointed the contract was not accepted, but he remains confident that a reasonable settlement can be achieved.
"New Brunswickers value our registered nurses, public health nurses and community health nurses, all of whom play a key role in the delivery of quality health-care services in our province," Stiles said. "With a view to reaching a new collective agreement in a timely fashion, department staff will be meeting with union representatives shortly to hear their concerns and try to address them."
The union's membership includes about 5,500 hospital registered nurses, public health nurses and community health nurses. The present collective agreement expired on Dec. 31, 2007.
"In order to be self-sufficient by 2026, New Brunswick must continue to have a quality health-care system that not only meets the needs of all residents, but also appeals to potential new residents," Stiles said. "A new collective agreement between the nurses union and the province will strengthen the health-care system and ensure the continuation of service delivery for New Brunswickers."
EDITOR'S NOTE: Stiles will be available to media at 10:30 a.m. TODAY, Friday, Oct. 3, in the 3rd floor lobby of the Centennial Building, 670 King St., Fredericton. MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5816.