05/28/2012 05:51 EDT | Updated 07/28/2012 05:12 EDT

Acute care workers at rural hospitals in Nova Scotia ratify three-year deal

NEW GLASGOW, N.S. - Acute care workers at 33 rural hospitals in Nova Scotia have ratified a new three-year collective agreement with the province's district health authorities.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees says the agreement includes a 7.5 per cent wage increase over three years along with job security improvements.

The deal was reached May 18 and the ratification vote was counted on Monday, following a week of ratification meetings across the province.

CUPE represents 3,500 acute care workers at eight district health authorities outside Halifax.

The union membership includes dietary, housekeeping, trades, licenced practical nurses and clerical staff.