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Manitoba Nurses Union votes to ratify new collective agreement


After more than four years without a collective agreement, the Manitoba Nurses Union (MNU) finally has a deal.

On Thursday, the MNU announced the majority of its members have voted to ratify the tentative agreement with the province.

“It truly was a long four and a half years without a collective agreement and as I have mentioned before, there is still work to be done to address the significant weaknesses in our health care system," MNU President Darlene Jackson said in a news release.

"But the improvements in this contract are a necessary and positive first step in addressing nurses’ serious concerns.”

The union said the agreement includes a salary increase and protects nurses against excessively long work hours and standby.

In a written statement, Premier Kelvin Goertzen and Health Minister Audrey Gordon said the province welcomes the news of a finalized collective agreement.

"Our dedicated nurses fully deserve the comfort and security this seven-year agreement provides, along with the wide-ranging collaborative improvements it delivers," the statement reads.

"This mutual agreement is a testament to the hard work and commitment of the leadership and negotiating teams of both sides."

The statement goes on to thank nurses that have delivered care throughout the pandemic. Top Stories

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