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Higher wages, reduced workload, part of Manitoba nurses' four-year contract

WINNIPEG - Members of the Manitoba Nurses Union have voted 91 per cent in favour of a new four-year contract with the provincial government.

The ratified package includes wage hikes and market adjustments totalling more than 10.1 per cent over the life of the deal.

It also contains provisions that cover patient care and workload issues.

The union and province have agreed to work together to reduce the amount of overtime nurses perform, as well as the use of so-called agency nurses.

Sandi Mowat, the union's president, says the margin of support for the agreement shows nurses feel it addresses their priorities.

The contract, which expires in March 2017, covers 10,000 of the union's 12,000 registered nurses, licensed practical nurses, nurse practitioners and registered psychiatric nurses. (CJOB)

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