ST. JOHN'S, N.L. - Unionized nurses employed by the Eastern Health District in Newfoundland and Labrador have voted overwhelmingly in favour of strike action to back contract demands.
Debbie Forward, president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Nurses Union, says they are sending a strong message to government that they want serious recruitment and retention measures and a fair collective agreement.
Forward says it's the surest way to address the nursing shortage.
She says the union is prepared to resume negotiations following the strike vote but members want to demonstrate their commitment to action if necessary.
The vote continues today in the Western Health District and is expected to conclude around the third week of March.