Media Advisory - Nurses to Gather in Niagara Falls: Ontario Nurses' Association Holds Provincial Coordinators' Meeting June 19-20

    TORONTO, June 18 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members from
across the province will gather in Niagara Falls this week to discuss nursing
    About 200 leaders from ONA will attend the meeting, being held at the
Sheraton on the Falls Hotel.
    "Niagara Falls is a particularly appropriate site for ONA to hold this
meeting," notes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "The Niagara Region and
Niagara Health System particularly are experiencing a nursing shortage, and
much of the blame for the high number of vacancies can be placed with the very
bad working conditions at the Niagara Health System. This organization has
been censured by ONA since February 2003, and there has been a lack of
progress in improving working conditions."
    Censuring is a mechanism used by ONA when an employer engages in labour
relations or administrative practices that adversely affect nurses or patient
care. Repeated efforts by ONA to improve relations with NHS have yet to show
concrete results. ONA meeting attendees will participate in a rally at the St.
Catharines site of the NHS during the morning of June 20th to support their
Niagara Health System colleagues.

    ONA is the union representing 53,000 registered nurses and allied health
professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care facilities, public
health, the community and industry.

    What:  Ontario Nurses' Association Provincial Coordinators' Meeting
    When:  Tuesday, June 19 and Wednesday, June 20, 2007
    Where: Sheraton on the Falls Hotel, 5875 Falls Avenue, Niagara Falls, ON

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Melanie Levenson,
(416) 964-8833, ext. 2369; Sheree Bond, (on site) cellular: (416) 986-8240

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