Nursing home staff votes to reject Higgs' 'final offer'

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Nursing home employees represented by the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions have voted in favour of rejecting Premier Blaine Higgs' "final offer".

The Telegraph-Journal reports the voting process on the proposed deal is expected to conitnue into the new year and must be completed before any potential labour action can occur.

Nursing home workers have been without a contract for more than three years, with their last one expiring on October 15, 2016.

The paper reports Higgs tabled what he called his "final offer" in September.

That offer proposed a wage increase of 5.5% over five years, but CUPE has been seeking increase of 3% per year for four years, as well as a special monetary package in order to address recruitment and retention.

The Telegraph-Journal says votes have been held at three homes, in Bathurst, Robertville and Fredericton, and employees at all three have voted overwhelmingly to reject the offer on the table.

(With files from the Telegraph Journal)