With 12,000 nurses of all designations registered with the Manitoba Nurses Union, 11,954 members or 98 per cent of the membership, voted in favor of a strike, the Manitoba Nurses’ Union said in a release today.
The turnout was conducted virtually and was higher than any turnout in the history of the MNU.
"We are so proud of our members, they really have sent a strong message with this strike mandate," said MNU President Darlene Jackson. "We were painted into a corner by this government, and we were left wit no choice but to act."
Nurses have gone more than four years without a contract. Since then, the cost of living in Manitoba has risen 7.9 per cent. Nurses in the province also received the lowest evening and weekend premiums from Quebec west.
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