07/03/2012 10:39 EDT | Updated 09/02/2012 05:12 EDT

Edmonton seniors home staff to stay on job while contract impasse worked out

EDMONTON - Unionized support staff at an Edmonton seniors home will not go on strike while a government-appointed board tries to reach a contract settlement in an impasse over wages.

About 180 workers at the Devonshire Care Centre had been threatening to set up picket lines after voting last week in favour of job action.

But the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says it will give a disputes inquiry board time to resolve the situation.

The board was appointed Monday by Alberta Human Services Minister Dave Hancock, who ordered negotiators for the AUPE and Park Place Seniors Living Inc., back to the bargaining table.

There were questions about whether staff would still walk out the following day as scheduled

The board has 30 days to recommend a deal, which the union and management can either accept or reject. (CHED)