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N.L. government, Allied Health Professionals' union reach a deal, averting potential strike

Gordon Piercey, the president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador. In a press release published on friday, the government announced they reached a collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals. (Curtis Hicks/CBC - image credit)
Gordon Piercey, the president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador. In a press release published on friday, the government announced they reached a collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals. (Curtis Hicks/CBC - image credit)
Gordon Piercey, the president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador. In a press release published on friday, the government announced they reached a collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals.
Gordon Piercey, the president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador. In a press release published on friday, the government announced they reached a collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals.

Gordon Piercey, the president of the Association of Allied Health Professionals of Newfoundland and Labrador, says the union is happy to have reached a deal. (Curtis Hicks/CBC)

The Newfoundland and Labrador government has announced it has reached a collective agreement with the Association of Allied Health Professionals.

In a press release late Friday morning announcing the agreement, the association's president said members were pleased to have reached a deal.

"This is a positive first step towards creating a system where allied health professionals feel respected, valued, and heard," said Gordon Piercey said in the press release.

Piercey has previously told CBC News there needs to be major changes in work terms, including wages, workload and working conditions.

Health Minister Tom Osborne said in the press release the government was happy to see both sides come together.

"Allied health professionals play an integral role in health care, providing invaluable expertise and support across diverse specialties," he said.

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