Jan. 5, 2009
FREDERICTON (CNB) - A tentative collective agreement has been reached by the provincial government and the New Brunswick Nurses Union.
"After several days of intensive bargaining with the assistance of special mediator John McEvoy, we have reached a tentative agreement that the union believes its members will accept," said Rick Brewer, minister of human resources. "This agreement has come about through hard work and compromise on both sides."
The government and the union have agreed to withhold details pending the results of the ratification vote, which will take place in the next few weeks. The last collective agreement expired Dec. 31, 2007.
"I believe that we have successfully addressed the concerns expressed by nurses while respecting the fact that we are facing difficult economic times," said Brewer. "My hope is that this agreement will be ratified."
The union's membership includes about 5,500 hospital registered nurses, public health nurses and community health nurses.
This is the second time the union will vote on a tentative collective agreement. The membership rejected a tentative agreement presented in September 2008.
MEDIA CONTACT: Sarah Ketcheson, communications, Office of Human Resources, 506-444-5816.