FREDERICTON (GNB) – The provincial government has reached tentative collective agreements with two bargaining units represented by the New Brunswick Nurses Union.

“Following a respectful and collaborative round of bargaining, we were pleased to reach these tentative agreements with the nurses union,” said Premier Blaine Higgs. “Both sides of the negotiating team have worked hard to get to this point, and I thank them for their dedication. We look forward to continuing to work with the nurses union in the years to come.”

“After receiving strong strike mandates from all three bargaining unit members, followed by three intense days and nights of bargaining, the Part III and nurse managers and nurse supervisor teams have reached tentative agreements and are recommending ratification,” said union president Paula Doucet.

The two groups include more than 8,000 registered nurses, nurse practitioners, licensed practical nurses, nurse managers and nurse supervisors working in hospitals, public and community health programs, Ambulance NB and extra-mural programs.

The parties have agreed to withhold details of the agreements pending their ratification.