Ontario Nurses' Association Lifts Censure: ONA and University Health Network Working Together to Improve Labour Relations



    TORONTO, Sept. 28 /CNW/ - The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Board of
Directors has voted to lift the censure against University Health Network
(UHN) in Toronto.
    "ONA is looking forward to continued improvement for our members as we
lift the censure against University Health Network," says President Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN. "Local 97 nurses and medical radiation therapists deserve
to care for their patients in an environment that is safe, free of harassment
and discrimination, and with an employer that supports them with fair labour
practices. While not perfect, UHN - consisting of Toronto General Hospital,
Toronto Western Hospital and Princess Margaret Hospital - has worked hard to
improve its practices and the working environment for its nurses and medical
radiation therapists."
    While the censure is being lifted, a number of matters remain to be
    addressed over the coming year:

    
    -   attendance management matters;
    -   health and safety issues;
    -   education of staff;
    -   radiation therapy labour relations;
    -   improving human rights and employment equity practices.
    

    Local Coordinator Elizabeth Roy says she is looking for ongoing
improvements with UHN.
    "We look forward to continuing our work with UHN to ease workload issues,
improve labour practices, health and safety, and addressing human rights
matters at these facilities," says Roy. "We all want to focus on providing
excellent care for our patients, and improving working conditions at UHN will
help us to do that."
    First issued in 1999 at the request of ONA Local 97 nurses, the censure
was reissued several times in ensuing years. Censuring is ONA's public
sanction against a health agency due to the negative impact on staff of poor
labour relations and administrative practices which, in turn, impact on
patient care. It is a nation-wide public reproach of an employer ONA believes
has dealt unfairly or inappropriately with employees, and has failed to
redress concerns about patient safety and quality care.
    When an agency is censured, information is shared across Canada to the
public, other nurses' unions, and nursing schools to alert prospective nurses
and allied health professionals about the employer's activities before they
seek employment with the facility. With the lifting of the censure against
UHN, only two Ontario hospitals remain under censure - Bluewater Health in
Sarnia and the Niagara Health System.

    ONA 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.




For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240


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