New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions to vote on strike today

Members of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (NBCNHU) will vote on whether or not to strike today as negotiations have failed to bring about an agreement.

In a message to members posted on its website, the NBCNHU Executive says a letter was sent to all nursing home administrators encouraging all homes to prepare a detailed strike plan.

The letter says, "While no nursing home worker who spends their day caring for our seniors want to go on strike however the level of frustration with understaffing and the ability to either recruit or retain the numbers required to provide safe care has brought us to the point where there is no alternative but to proceed with taking a strike vote."

In a call with our newsroom this morning, Provincial President Sharon Teare says all members will make an informed decision and are free to vote as they see fit.

In a press release yesterday, Social Development Minister Dorothy Shephard said, "Balancing fiscal responsibility with ensuring these workers are compensated fairly is important and we encourage the parties to return to the table as soon as possible and we remain hopeful an agreement can be reached."

She added the province is working closely with the Nursing Home Association of New Brunswick to ensure contingency plans are in place for every possible scenario.