Media advisory - ONA President to Join Home Care Nurses At Protest of Competitive Bidding Process

    TORONTO, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) registered
nurses employed by St. Joseph's Home Care will join their President, Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN and other unionized nurses tomorrow to protest the
competitive bidding process that will result in the loss of more than
200 jobs.
    The ONA home care RNs will join OPSEU members at the Courtyard Marriott
Hotel in Hamilton as their employers - St. Joseph's Home Care and the
Victorian Order of Nurses - are briefed by the local Community Care Access
Centre on why they have been eliminated from the competitive bidding process
to provide home care services for area residents.
    ONA represents the 59 RNs who work for St. Joseph's and who have provided
home care services for decades. ONA is urging its RNs to consider nursing
positions outside of the community sector unless the government guarantees
successor rights that would provide job security for nurses, and most
importantly, continuity of care for the residents of the community.
    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:   Protest of the Competitive Bidding Process for Home Care Services

    When:   Thursday, December 20, 2007, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm

    Where:  Courtyard Marriott Hotel, 1224 Upper James Street, Hamilton

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, cellular: (416) 986-8240

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