Ontario Nurses' Association and Ontario Hospital Association Reach Tentative Contract Agreement



    TORONTO, Feb. 7 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) and the
Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) announce that a tentative contract
agreement has been reached for the province's 50,000 registered nurses and
allied health personnel working in 137 participating provincial hospitals.
    The agreement was reached today with the assistance of mediator Kevin
Burkett. The agreement, if ratified by the two parties, becomes effective on
April 1, 2008.
    "I'm pleased that a tentative settlement has been reached through
negotiations as these professionals deserve recognition for the irreplaceable
work they do, caring for patients in this province under very difficult
conditions," said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
    "Both the OHA and ONA recognized that a negotiated collective agreement
is in the best interests of hospital employees and our patients," said OHA
President and CEO Tom Closson. "The hard work of the OHA and ONA has resulted
in this tentative agreement, and sets the stage for an even more productive
working relationship over the next several years."
    Details of the settlement will not be announced until the parties have
met with their representatives on February 22, 2008. Local ratification
meetings will be scheduled between February 25 and March 11; results will be
announced by March 20.

    The Ontario Nurses' Association is the union representing 53,000
front-line registered nurses and allied health professionals working in
Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community and
industry.

    The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is a voluntary organization
representing approximately 158 public hospital corporations across 225 sites
in Ontario. As the voice of Ontario's hospitals, the OHA is shaping the health
care system by fostering leadership, supporting innovation and building
linkages between hospitals and their communities.





For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Melanie Levenson,
(416) 964-8833, ext. 2369; Ontario Hospital Association: Chris McPherson,
(416) 205-1305


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