Ontario Hospital Association and Ontario Nurses' Association Ratify Agreement For Thousands of Nurses Working in Ontario Hospitals

    TORONTO, March 20 /CNW/ - Ontario hospitals and unionized nurses at
participating hospitals have voted in favour of a new, three-year agreement
following negotiations between the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) and the
Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA). Hospital nurses and ONA hospitals have
voted overwhelmingly in favour of the agreement.
    "Ontario's hospitals value the hard work and dedication of its nurses,"
said OHA President and CEO, Tom Closson. "The number of hospitals and their
nurses showing overwhelming support for this agreement indicates that this is
a very solid contract that sets the stage for an even more productive working
relationship between ONA and Ontario hospitals over the next three years."
    The agreement, which includes compounded salary increases of 9.55 per
cent over its three-year term (3.25 in year one, and 3.0 in years two and
three), also features a lump sum payment which increases with the individual
nurse's length of service.
    Additional key details of the agreement include:

    - Vacation, benefit and premium pay improvements;
    - Contract language relating to the improvement of workplace safety; and
    - Commitments to address violence in the workplace.

    The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) is a voluntary organization
representing approximately 158 public hospital corporations (across 225 sites
in Ontario), while the Ontario Nurses' Association represents more than 50,000
registered nurses across the province.
    Of the 158 public hospital corporations, 133 are covered by this
agreement. As the voice of Ontario's hospitals, the OHA is shaping the health
care system by fostering leadership, supporting innovation and building
linkages between hospitals and their communities.

For further information:

For further information: OHA Public Affairs, (416) 205-1371

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