North Bay Nurses Choose ONA as Their Union



    TORONTO, June 26 /CNW/ - Registered nurses (RNs) with the North Bay
Hospital and North Eastern Mental Health Centre have voted to make the Ontario
Nurses' Association (ONA) their union.
    The RNs overwhelmingly chose ONA after the vote was held in North Bay
earlier this week. The vote was made necessary following the amalgamation of
North Eastern Mental Health Centre (NEMHC) and North Bay General Hospital. RNs
at North Bay General Hospital were represented by ONA; RNs at predecessor
employer NEMHC were represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union
(OPSEU).
    ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, is very pleased the nurses have
chosen ONA. "ONA prides itself on being the leading voice of and advocate for
registered nurses and allied health professionals in Ontario," she said. "We
advocate for improved working conditions and safety for members, so that our
nurses are able to provide quality patient care to the community. We welcome
our new members and look forward to providing excellent service to them."
    Rhonda Miller, RN, is Bargaining Unit President for the North Bay
members. She says that eligible nurses came out to vote in strong numbers, and
are "standing together to send a message to the employer that nurses strongly
support their union."

    ONA is the union representing 54,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals and 10,000 nursing students providing care in
hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics
and industry. ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past,
a powerful future.





For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, or (416) 986-8240 (cellular); Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369


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