TORONTO, Sept. 2, 2012 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members
across Ontario are poised to celebrate Labour Day 2012.
In Toronto, ONA members will march in the annual Labour Day parade
tomorrow; nurses in Barrie will co- host a community picnic and ONA
members will join in marches in other communities to mark this
"The more than 59,000 members of ONA appreciate the value of union
membership since forming their own union almost 40 years ago and
working together to raise the respect for their professions as well as
improve pay, working conditions and most importantly, patient care
quality," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
"It is because of quality patient care that more than 3,000 nurses and
allied health professionals have approached ONA and joined the
organization in 2012. They know, and research has proved, that the
patients and clients that ONA members care for have better health
outcomes in unionized environments than in those that are not
unionized. That is foremost in ONA members' minds as we mark Labour
Day," she says.
"Our members have worked together through ONA to improve patient care
and protect their own health and well-being because when they do that
the health outcomes of those they serve are improved." Prior to the
union, RNs in Ontario were treated disrespectfully, earned very little
pay and had no say in many of the decisions that impacted their
patients' care and health outcomes."
It is the ability to freely collectively bargain over many, many years
that has opened the door to mechanisms and processes that allow ONA
members to address and resolve the professional and quality patient and
client issues that best serve Ontarians. Without that, the patients and
the clients they serve would suffer. Health care organizations' budgets
should not be the sole driver of how health care is delivered, believes
"As we mark Labour Day, we urge all Ontarians to appreciate the work of
this union, which has improved the nursing care they receive. Unions
have also improved many aspects of workers' lives and of society
ONA is the union representing 59,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals as well as more than 13,000 nursing student affiliates
providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, clinics and industry.
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SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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