South West CCAC Professional Staff Choose ONA



    TORONTO, March 29 /CNW/ - Case managers and placement coordinators
employed by the South West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) have voted to
make the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) their union.
    "We are thrilled that the professionals of the CCACs have recognized the
high-quality services that our union provides," says ONA 1st Vice-President
Vicki McKenna, RN. "ONA has always prided itself on representing health-care
workers in all sectors, and in fact, case managers are among the founders of
our union. We look forward to continuing to serve our current members and
welcome our newest members. We're sure they will find ONA membership to be of
value now and in future."
    ONA representative Caroline McWhinney says she looks forward to working
with her peers across the south west following this historic vote.
    "I look forward to continuing to work with and represent CCAC case
managers and placement coordinators during this latest period of transition in
health care," she said. "ONA provides high-quality representation to its
members, recognizing that case managers and placement coordinators provide a
wealth of direction and information to their clients as they navigate through
the health-care system."
    Ontario's 42 CCACs have been amalgamated to align with the province's 14
LHINs. This has necessitated staff votes to determine which of several
health-care-related unions will represent CCAC staff. ONA, the Canadian Union
of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Public Service Employees Union
(OPSEU) all represented various CCACs.
    ONA membership offers comprehensive labour relations and negotiations
services, legal and malpractice assistance, education and many other benefits.

    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; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369


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