Public health nurses, region reach tentative contract agreement

The Region of Waterloo says it has reached a tentative contract agreement with its public health nurses and there should be no disruption to service.

No disruption to services expected, but both sides still need to ratify contract

The Region of Waterloo and the Ontario Nurses Association have reached a tentative agreement for public health nurses, who were prepared to strike Wednesday morning. (@ontarionurses/Twitter)

The Region of Waterloo and its public health nurses have reached a tentative contract agreement.

The region announced Tuesday morning that an agreement had been reached with the Ontario Nurses Association. Both sides will still need to ratify the agreement.

"There will be no disruption and all services will continue as scheduled," the region said in the release.

The nurses had set a strike deadline of 12:00 a.m. Wednesday.

The association, which represents 131 members, said the region wanted to gut benefits. Talks broke down Feb. 28 and a mediator was brought in to help negotiations continue on Monday.

The nurses have been without a contract since June 30, 2016.