FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has reached tentative collective agreements with the seven local bargaining units represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Parts I, II and III of the public service.

These seven bargaining units include approximately 20,000 workers in the education, health and public service sectors, including road maintenance and parks workers, correctional officers, social workers, court stenographers, laundry workers, school custodians and bus drivers, education assistants, patient care attendants and food and environmental service workers in hospitals, to name a few.

All strikes and lockouts end immediately. Employees will return to work as soon as operationally feasible.

Details about the reopening of schools are being finalized and will be announced Sunday.

The parties have agreed not to share details of the agreements publicly pending ratification.