Looking to negotiate a fair deal
DISTRICT OF ALGOMA, ON, April 27, 2015 /CNW/ - Sixty-two Algoma Public Health Nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) – will sit down at the bargaining table beginning tomorrow to try to negotiate a fair contract with their employer.
The Registered Nurses and Public Health Nurses will be in negotiations for three days this week. They work in the community to keep the public healthy.
"We work in health promotion, health protection and to prevent disease," said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "You see us in public clinics, in your homes visiting families with newborns, running immunization clinics, breastfeeding clinics, sexual health clinics, genetic counseling clinics, and we contact you – our neighbours in the community – for follow-up with infectious disease outbreaks such as measles, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases. We work hard to keep you healthy."
The ONA members' last contract expired last month, and they are the lowest-paid Public Health Nurses in all of Ontario.
Haslam-Stroud says that Public Health Nurses expect this employer "to step up to the plate and negotiate a fair contract that recognizes the enormous value of the work these highly educated and skilled RNs provide.
ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care, the community, public health, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association