BROCKVILLE, ON and GANANOQUE, ON, March 19, 2019 /CNW/ - Registered nurses with the Leeds & Grenville Community Family Health Team are heading to conciliation on March 21, trying to reach a new collective agreement with their employer.
The 10 RNs – just one of whom is full-time, with the balance part-time and casual – have been in negotiations for a new contract since last June.
"The highly educated and dedicated RNs want to be there to provide their services and care to their patients," said Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) President Vicki McKenna, RN. "These RNs have not had a salary increase in more than four years and have been negotiating in good faith for nine months. We are optimistic that this employer will come to conciliation prepared to negotiate a fair agreement that values the skills of our registered nurses."
McKenna notes that the RNs not only provide high-quality care to Family Health Team patients, but also train and supervise nursing students from the local college.
"The workloads of our members are increasingly heavy, and the work they do is invaluable to their patients," said McKenna. "It's time for the employer to step up to the plate and negotiate this contract. Our members and their patients deserve no less."
ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association