PETERBOROUGH, ON, March 9, 2015 /CNW/ - Public Health nurses and registered nurses at the Peterborough County City Health Unit will be in mediation talks tomorrow in an effort to avert a strike.
The 32 public health and RNs – members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Local 3 – will be in a legal strike position as of March 13, 2015.
ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, notes that, "The vast majority of Ontario's RNs have received wage increases, and ONA members with the Peterborough County City Health Unit are the lowest-paid in the surrounding four health units. With a wage disparity as great as 23 per cent compared to these areas, our skilled and valuable members are seeking a wage increase that would prevent the gap in salary from widening further."
During the last round of bargaining, these nurses voluntarily accepted a two-year wage freeze.
Public Health Nurses are vital to the health and well-being of those in their communities. They provide wellness promotion and illness prevention programs, including follow-up and home visits for families with newborns, provide immunization and sexual health clinics, follow up for infectious diseases such as measles, HIV, sexually transmitted diseases and influenza.
ONA is the union representing 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals, as well as more than 14,000 nursing student affiliates providing care in hospitals, long-term care, the community, public health, clinics and industry.
SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association