St. John’s, NL – The Registered Nurses’ Union Newfoundland & Labrador (RNU) has reached a tentative agreement on a contract extension with the provincial government and regional health authorities.

“RNU is pleased to reach a tentative agreement that extends our current contract,” said RNU President Debbie Forward. “We believe this agreement is the best option for our members and we are recommending acceptance.”

The two-year contract extension includes salary increases and the extension of the no layoffs clause for budgetary reasons. The rest of the agreement will remain unchanged.

“The long term impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our health care system and province is unknown,” said Forward.  “Extending our contract will provide stability for our members, as well as our patients and the health care system in very uncertain times.”

RNU will take the tentative agreement to its membership for a ratification vote in the coming weeks.

Forward will be available to media today to discuss the tentative agreement.

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