NB nursing home workers vote to strike

The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (NBCNHU) says its members have voted in favour of a strike.

In a press release issued Friday afternoon, the union says workers for all 46 nursing homes elected to take job action.

Sharon Teare, President of the NBCNHU said, "We hope the government and the Employer, the New Brunswick Association of Nursing Homes, can present a fair offer before the strike begins."

She added members had not gone on strike since 2001.

According to the press release, nursing home workers have been without a contract for over 28 months.

Teare said, "Thankfully, residents and their families understand and support us, and we are doing this in order to improve the situation for all."

Friday's press release says advanced written notice of at least 24 hours must be given by the union or an employer before a lawful strike or lock-out can take place.

No strike date was given by the NBCNHU.