Nursing and support staff at a west Edmonton seniors home will soon return to work after five months on the picket line.

About 65 workers at The Waterford of Summerlea seniors' home voted Monday to ratify a three-year contract that gives them a three-per-cent pay hike each year along with improved sick leave and health benefits.

"It was the perfect way to mark Labour Day," said Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

The deal is the workers' first contract.

During the dispute, about 20 nursing care workers were laid off when the facility's contract with Alberta Health Services to provide designated assisted-living beds ended. 

Those workers will be recalled in order of seniority, should the facility provide onsite nursing serives in the next eight months, Smith said.

The Waterford is a 142-suite supportive living facility, at 95th Avenue and 170th Street, owned by Chantelle Management Ltd., a Langley, British Columbia company that owns facilities in Alberta, B.C. and California.