ST. THOMAS, ON, Oct. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - Thirty-six public health nurses and registered nurses working for the Elgin St. Thomas Public Health Unit have overwhelming ratified a new contract. Their employer holds its ratification vote on November 8.
The new collective agreement was reached during conciliation talks in mid-October. The highly trained and skilled registered nurses are members of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA).
"Public health nurses excel in what they do, and I am pleased that this employer has negotiated a new collective agreement that will keep our highly skilled, highly educated nurses providing services to the community," said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "Our nurses work to monitor for infectious diseases in the community, promote healthy living, and maintain wellness of individuals, families and communities. Our nurses work in clinics, illness prevention programs, in your schools and other places in the community. Public health nurses provide home visits and follow up for families with newborns, immunizations and sexual health clinics," she said.
"The value our members bring to this community is beyond question, ensuring that those who live in Elgin St. Thomas receive the education, counseling, services and health monitoring that gives them the best chance of living in a healthy community," she said.
ONA is the union representing 62,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association