New Contract Between Nurses, Hospitals A Win For Ontarians



    Ontario The 'Employer Of Choice' For Nurses In Canada

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - A successfully negotiated contract between the
Ontario Hospital Association and the Ontario Nurses Association is a win for
all Ontarians, says George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of Health
and Long-Term Care.
    The new contract, which covers Registered Nurses working in 133
provincial hospitals, signals real progress to making Ontario the employer of
choice for nurses and other health care professionals. Nurses voted 96 per
cent in favour of the new contract.

    
    Highlights of the three-year agreement include:

    -   Salary increases of 3.25 per cent, 3.0 per cent and 3.0 per cent, and
        a upfront lump sum payment based on experience
    -   Improvements to workplace safety
    -   Commitments to address violence in the workplace

    QUOTES

    "This agreement sends a clear message that nurses are wanted and needed
    in Ontario," said George Smitherman, Deputy Premier and Minister of
    Health and Long-Term Care. "I'm committed to nurses; they are the heart
    and soul of the health care system and are vital to improving access to
    quality health care for patients."

    QUICK FACTS

    -   ONA represents more than 50,000 registered nurses and health care
        personnel working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care homes, public
        health and the community
    -   133 provincial hospitals will benefit from this agreement
    -   Since 2004, more than 8,000 new nursing positions have been
        created in Ontario.


    LEARN MORE

    Learn more about the Ontario Hospital Association (http://www.oha.com/)
and the Ontario Nurses Association (http://www.ona.org/)

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For further information:

For further information: Laurel Ostfield, Minister's Office, (416)
212-4048; David Jensen, Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care, (416) 314-6197

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