The contract dispute that has been on-going since the New Year has come to an end.

That’s because Hastings Prince Edward Public Health and Ontario Nurses’ Association have agreed to a new contract. The 40 ONA nurses that have been without a contract since the New Year were in a legal position to strike.

The new contract is back-dated to begin on January 1st, 2018 and will end on December 31st, 2020.

The nurses will see a wage increase that goes up every year of the contract. It went up 1.4-percent as of January 1st, it will go up 1.6-percent next year and 1.75-percent on January 1st, 2020. The nurses will also see minor improvements to their benefits package with their vision care and dental plan. While sick leave and personal days are remaining the same, one sick leave day will be converted to a personal day.