TORONTO, June 12 /CNW/ - About 2,200 registered nurses working in 151
Ontario nursing homes have ratified a new collective agreement.
The nurses - member of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) - will see
wage increases, gains in workload and staffing issues and increases to
premiums over the two-year agreement. Most importantly, says ONA President
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, nurses will see improvements in health and safety
"Protecting our members from workplace violence and ensuring they are
properly protected from infectious disease or outbreaks have been priorities
for ONA for years," says Haslam-Stroud. "This agreement includes language that
improves occupational health and safety and provides for the precautionary
principle - or erring on the side of precaution in the face of a flu pandemic
or other outbreak."
The collective agreement runs from July 1, 2009 to June 30, 2011.
Improvements to wages over the life of the agreement include increases to the
start rate of 6.98 per cent and 5.97 per cent to the top end of the salary
grid. However, these increases do not provide our long-term care RNs with
hospital wage parity.
"ONA is very pleased that we've been able to reach this agreement for our
nursing homes members," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "The
nurses in this sector provide quality care to the province's most vulnerable
people - residents of nursing homes, who need the skills and expertise that
RNs bring to the job."
ONA is the union representing 54,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals and more than 10,000 nursing students providing care in
hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics
ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past, a
To learn more about our campaign to stop nursing cuts visit our Cutting
Nurses, Cutting Care website at www.cuttingnursescuttingcare.ca.
For further information:
For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association: Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, cell: (416) 986-8240