N.B. nursing home workers dispute heads to court on Friday

A dispute between New Brunswick nursing homes and thousands of workers heads to court Friday.

CBC reporting separate applications by the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions and the provincial government are set to be heard by a Court of Queen's Bench judge in Fredericton. 

The outcome could affect whether 4,100 workers at 46 nursing homes could walk off the job during a strike.

The province is seeking an order for a long-term stay of a 2018 labour board ruling. 

The province was granted an interim stay Saturday, a move the union decried. The union's application calls for the judge to rescind that interim stay.

 The workers include licensed practical nurses, resident attendants and support service workers.

(with files from CBC)