“I am pleased that the United Nurses of Alberta and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have an Essential Services Agreement that will now be submitted to the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) for review.

“AHS and UNA will be filing a joint application to the ALRB for formal mediation.

“Previously, AHS had filed for informal mediation. We are pleased to see UNA is now a joint applicant, and has acknowledged the importance of mediation.

“Mediation is a normal part of the negotiation process and is a step forwards toward a settlement and long-term labour stability.

“It is clear the two parties want to reach an agreement and it is important that this happen quickly.

“I am confident that formal mediation will be productive as the two parties work collaboratively towards a deal that respects both the expertise of Alberta’s nurses and the province’s financial situation.”