TORONTO, May 19 /CNW/ - Negotiations between the Regional Municipality of
Niagara Public Health Unit and Public Health nurses with the Ontario Nurses'
Association (ONA) have broken down over the Employer's desire to negotiate
concessions related to pregnancy and parental leave, sick leave, and health
and welfare benefits.
At a time when there is a looming global pandemic threat, the Regional
Municipality of Niagara which borders the United States needs to ensure labour
harmony with its Public Health nurses.
The 154 registered nurses affected provide public health services in the
Region of Niagara including outbreak protection for the community (monitoring
of outbreaks), flu and hepatitis vaccine clinics, health education and
promotion for families with new babies, as well as sexual health clinics and
education for the Region's 440,000 residents.
ONA members will hold a pre-conciliation strike vote on May 21 and the
two sides will go to conciliation on May 27 and June 3.
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says, "Public health is more
important than ever, as the world watches a potential flu pandemic emerge. The
safety of our communities depends on Public Health Units that are functioning
well and staffed with Public Health nurses who bring the expertise and
knowledge to their jobs to protect the community."
ONA is the union representing 54,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals and 10,000 nursing students providing care in
hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics
and industry. ONA is celebrating 35 years of nursing advocacy - a proud past,
a powerful future.
For further information:
For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Melanie Levenson,
(416) 964-8833, ext. 2369