WHITBY, ON, Jan. 22, 2013 /CNW/ - Public Health Nurses have reached a tentative settlement with the Durham Region Health Department.
The 184 registered nurses and nurse practitioners, members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), had been without a contract since March 31, 2012. The tentative agreement was reached last night during conciliation.
"Our dedicated Public Health Nurses perform an invaluable service in the Region of Durham," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "They promote and protect the community's health, preventing infectious diseases, monitoring and tracking outbreaks, providing clinic services and educating individuals, families and the community on a number of subjects. They also provide Durham's Healthy Babies, Healthy Children program to ensure the best start to life for the more than 6,000 babies born each year in the community."
Details of the tentative deal are confidential until ratified by both the nurses and the employer.
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 facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.
SOURCE: Ontario Nurses' Association
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