Media Advisory - Nurses to Hold Rally at Humber River Regional Hospital: Gathering to Protest Hospital's Labour Relations, Health & Safety Failures

    TORONTO, Nov. 14 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) registered
nurses and allied health professionals from across the province will hold a
rally at the Church Street site of Humber River Regional Hospital on Thursday,
November 15 to protest the staffing, labour relations and occupational health
and safety failures of hospital administrators that are preventing the nurses
from providing quality patient care.
    Approximately 200 nurses from Ontario will join with their colleagues to
show support for the 1,100 front-line nurses working at Humber River Regional
    "The registered nurses working at Humber River Regional are trying to
provide quality patient care while having to fight with this employer for
reasonable workloads and staffing, safe and harassment-free work environments,
and respect for the ONA leaders," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
    "The hospital's administration demonstrates daily how little respect it
has for RNs and their safety," she adds. "Our members have had to resort to
filing complaints with the Ministry of Labour to get safety-engineered needles
that were then ordered by the Ministry of Labour, deal with the roadblocks
management has been throwing up to prevent occupational health and safety
issues being dealt with in a timely manner, being provided workloads
consistent with proper patient care and they have suffered incidents of
violence because of the employer's failure to provide appropriate security.
    "The hospital has a dismal record of 55 outstanding grievances to date
this year because they seem to prefer to spend healthcare dollars on going to
arbitration hearings rather than dealing properly with the issues - they could
easily settle many of these important issues. This is one of the more toxic
environments I have seen in recent memory."
    Front-line nurses will be in Toronto attending an ONA leaders'
conference. They will gather at Humber River Regional Hospital's Church Street
site to raise awareness of problems being faced by their 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:       Nurses Rally to Protest Humber River Regional Hospital
    When:       Thursday, November 15 from 11:45 am to 12:15 pm
    Where:      Humber River Regional Hospital, 200 Church Street, Weston

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond (on
site), cellular: (416) 986-8240

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