Algoma Public Health Nurses Ratify New Contract

SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Nov. 6, 2012 /CNW/ - Algoma Public Health Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective agreement.

The nurses - members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) - provide public health services to residents in the District of Algoma, including Sault Ste. Marie, Wawa, Blind River, Elliot Lake and many of the surrounding small towns and townships.

"The public health nurses have voted 92 per cent in favour of the new contract," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "They were asking for nominal improvements and are relieved that they won't have to withdraw their services from the communities that rely on them."

Haslam-Stroud notes that many of the residents served by Algoma Public Health Nurses took the time to send messages to the Board of Health members to encourage them to get back to the bargaining table. "The support of the community was invaluable in reaching this agreement and we are very grateful for their efforts," she says.

Details of the contract won't be released until after the Board of Health holds its ratification vote on November 21.

ONA is the union representing 59,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals as well as more than 13,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association

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