TORONTO, Oct. 18, 2013 /CNW/ - This afternoon, members of the Ontario
Nurses' Association (ONA), Canada's largest nurses' union, will join
lawyers employed by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in a rally at the
provincial government agency's head office.
The rally, 1:00 p.m. at 40 Dundas Street West, is in support of this
predominately female group of professional employees who are currently
trying to join a union.
"Nurses know what it's like to be told, 'no,' you don't deserve the same
democratic right to collectively bargain your working conditions as
similar groups of employees that are male-dominated," said Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of ONA and a renal transplant nurse from
"When we began organizing 40 years ago, the government, at first,
refused to recognize nurses as union members. We eventually prevailed,
as I know our Legal Aid lawyer colleagues will, and our patients, our
communities, and our province's economy are better off because we did."
Legal Aid lawyers are the only group of lawyers employed by the
provincial public sector that have not yet had their right to
collective bargaining recognized.
More than 80 per cent of Legal Aid lawyers have indicated their intent
to collectively bargain, but the LAO senior management has so far
ignored their requests to join a union, refusing to even meet with them
to discuss the matter.
"Attorney General John Gerretsen has already confirmed that Legal Aid lawyers should be able to exercise
their right to collectively bargain," said Haslam-Stroud. "Nurses
across Ontario are calling on Bob Ward, CEO of Legal Aid Ontario, to
formally recognize these employees as a bargaining unit."
ONA is the union representing 60,000 front-line Registered Nurses and
allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing student
affiliate-members providing care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community, industry, and clinics.
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SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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