TORONTO, Sept. 3 /CNW/ - Front line registered nurses from the Toronto
area are joining hundreds of union members marching in the city's Labour Day
Pushing a hospital stretcher, the nurses - members of the Ontario Nurses'
Association (ONA) - will join other health care union workers, among others,
in the celebrations.
"Labour Day is a time to celebrate solidarity among union members," notes
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "This year, nurses have more reasons to
celebrate, as our long-standing safe needles campaign, conducted with our
health care union partners, has paid off. Nurses and other health care
providers will be safer from needlestick injuries, and the hard work our
unions did to raise awareness and pressure the government for safe equipment
has had results."
Despite this success, ONA members continue to be very concerned about the
severe nursing shortage that is occurring across Ontario. As one-third of all
RNs in the province get set to leave the system, ONA continues to advocate for
recruitment and retention initiatives in this province. Nurses are concerned
that patients will pay the price if the nursing shortage is not more seriously
addressed, and ONA has developed a series of recommendations to help alleviate
the shortage. More information is available at www.stillnotenoughnurses.ca.
ONA Region 3 members will meet at Dundas and University and march along
Queen Street West and into the Dufferin Gates of the Canadian National
Exhibition beginning at 9:30 am today. Families of the nurses will join them
in the parade.
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