TORONTO, June 3, 2011 /CNW/ - An arbitration award was released
yesterday setting out the terms and conditions for a new three-year
collective agreement for more than 50,000 Ontario registered nurses and
allied health professionals - members of the Ontario Nurses'
Association (ONA) - and some 137 Ontario hospitals.
The award provides lump sum payments in each of the first two years of
the three-year contract and a 2.75-per-cent across-the-board increase
to all classifications in year three.
In addition, the award provides benefit, premium (shift, weekend and
responsibility pay) and vacation improvements, including health
benefits for retirees. Other improvements include those addressing
professional issues, leave issues, health and safety and contract
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says "the agreement addresses the
priority issues of the front-line registered nurses and allied health
professionals - the backbone of health care. We also believe that the
government's two-year restraint mandate has been met."
Haslam-Stroud notes that the value that nurses bring to patient care
actually saves hospitals money. "Dollar for dollar, RNs are the best
value in health care," she says. "Study after study has shown that RN
care results in better health outcomes for patients, with lower
morbidity (complication) and mortality (death) rates, and fewer
readmissions to hospital."
The retiree benefits improvements are a key objective for this aging
workforce, she notes. "Many registered nurses will be looking to
retirement in the coming years, worsening an already serious nursing
The contract expires on March 31, 2014. ONA is also in provincial
bargaining for members in Community Care Access Centres and Nursing
ONA is the union representing 57,000 front-line RNs and allied health
professionals and more than 12,000 nursing student affiliates providing
care in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health,
the community, industry and clinics.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association
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