Media Advisory - Ontario Nurses' Association Members Rally: Public Health Nurses Decry Employer Tactics

KITCHENER, ON, March 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members working for the Region of Waterloo Public Health will hold a rally this evening to increase public awareness and seek support in their quest for a collective agreement that values and respects the integral role they provide in keeping the community health and safe.

The nurses will gather at Regional Headquarters from 6:00 to 8:00 pm to inform the public and regional councilors of the serious issues they are encountering during negotiations.

"As nurses, the health and safety of our community comes first," says ONA First Vice-President Vicki McKenna, RN. "Nurses do not want to be forced to strike, and are counting on the public to join us in pressuring the employer – who continues to insist on gutting our benefits and devaluing our work during negotiations – to offer a contract that is fair for the nurses who keep us healthy."

ONA is the union representing 62,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as almost 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.


Region of Waterloo Public Health Nurses


Information rally


6:00 to 8:00 pm, Wednesday, March 22, 2017


Regional Headquarters, 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener, ON


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SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416) 986-8240,; Melanie Levenson, (416) 801-8958,


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