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Tentative agreement reached with health employers

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September 26, 2012

Nurses’ deal addresses safe staffing for safe patient care, job security, compensation. Details will be released after a key meeting next week

Nurses’ negotiators have reached a tentative agreement with health employers on a new provincial contract that addresses members’ key concerns – providing safe patient care and addressing workload through safe staffing, enhancing job security and improving compensation.

Details of the agreement will be released next week after BCNU Council and the bargaining committee has an opportunity to present it to a meeting of regional executives and stewards in Vancouver on October 2.

Following that meeting members of Council and the bargaining committee will hold meetings with members across the province to explain the proposed new contract in advance of a ratification vote. To prepare for the ratification vote, members will receive a summary of the agreement in the mail in a special edition of the Update magazine.

The tentative deal was reached in a very tough fiscal climate, with the provincial government insisting on its cooperative gains mandate for public sector bargaining. Negotiations began last February and continued until yesterday.

The government will be issuing a news release today. BCNU will not be commenting further to the news media until after the meeting on October 2.

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