Nova Scotia

Northwood talks to resume

The two sides in a contract dispute at Nova Scotia's largest nursing home are resuming talks.

The two sides in a contract dispute at Nova Scotia's largest nursing home are resuming talks.

John Verlinden, spokesman for Northwood Care, said a meeting could take place Wednesday afternoon.

"I think it's a positive thing," he told CBC News. "As long as we keep talking there's always hope."

About 550 workers are poised to strike. They are licensed practical nurses, care workers, dietary, environmental and maintenance staff, as well as beauty salon employees.

Last week, the members of the Canadian Auto Workers Union voted 52 per cent against Northwood's most recent offer.

Verlinden said he hasn't received a strike notice.

If there is a strike, he said, the Halifax nursing home would rely on non-union nurses, managers with a nursing background, volunteers and family members.

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