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NAPE reaches tentative agreement with 17 home-care agencies

Almost 3,000 home-care workers, employees of the so-called “Group of 17,” have a new tentative agreement.

Jerry Earle

Their union — the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE) — said in a news release Tuesday that the tentative agreement includes wage increases and improvements to contract language.

In June, the Group of 17 was referred to conciliation. NAPE president Jerry Earle said the negotiations were tough, and he’s happy with the progress.

“This group of workers play a vital role in our province’s health-care system; providing care and support to some of our provinces most vulnerable. So it is good to see them take a step towards the dignity and respect that they deserve for the valuable service they provide,” he said.

“The provincial government should be commended for recognizing the vital role that home=care workers play in our province by providing the funds necessary to help us reach this tentative agreement.”

Members will find out details of the agreement at ratification meetings.



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