HASTINGS PRINCE EDWARD, ON, Aug. 21, 2018 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Public Health Nurses, Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) working for the Hastings Prince Edward County Public Health are beginning to prepare for the possibility that they may be forced to strike.
More than 40 ONA members have been working without a contract since December 31, 2017. The two sides have held one day of conciliation in late-June, which failed to achieve a new agreement. The nurses hope to avoid being forced out on strike.
ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN, is urging the employer to come to conciliation on August 27 prepared to offer a fair and respectful contract.
"Our highly skilled nurses provide a full range of services to promote the health of our communities, prevent illness and injury and protect residents from communicable and infectious disease outbreaks," she said. "Those services – provided to more than 150,000 residents – cover everyone from the smallest babies to children and teenagers to seniors."
McKenna adds that, "every one of our Public Health Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses is dedicated to ensuring the best health for their communities. After four days of negotiations and one day of conciliation, it is past time for this employer to negotiate a contract to ensure our members are there for their community."
ONA is the union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses Association