South East Community Care Access Centre: Professional Staff Choose ONA

    TORONTO, Nov. 2 /CNW/ - Case managers and placement coordinators employed
by the South East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) have voted to make the
Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) their union.
    "We are thrilled that the professionals of the CCACs have recognized the
high-quality services that our union provides," says ONA President Linda
Haslam-Stroud, RN. "ONA has always prided itself on representing health-care
workers in all sectors, and in fact, case managers are among the founders of
our union. We look forward to continuing to serve our current members and
welcome our newest members. We're sure they will find ONA membership to be of
value now and in future."
    ONA representative Brenda Senger says, "The job now is for us to become a
united bargaining unit and I look forward to working with all our members to
move forward to negotiate a first collective agreement."
    ONA representative Suzanne Kenney adds, "It was a well-organized campaign
and the true professionalism of ONA came through. ONA provides high-quality
representation to its members, recognizing that case managers and placement
coordinators provide a wealth of direction and information to their clients as
they navigate through the health-care system."
    Ontario's 42 CCACs have been amalgamated to align with the province's 14
LHINs. This has necessitated staff votes to choose their union.
    The South East CCAC serves communities in Kingston, Frontenac, Lennox and
Addington, Hastings and Prince Edward counties and Lanark-Leeds-Grenville.
    ONA membership offers comprehensive labour relations and negotiations
services, legal and malpractice assistance, education and many other benefits.

    ONA is the union representing 53,000 front-line registered nurses and
allied health professionals working in Ontario hospitals, long-term care
facilities, public health, the community and industry.

For further information:

For further information: Ontario Nurses' Association, Sheree Bond, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2430, Cellular: (416) 986-8240; Melanie Levenson, (416)
964-8833, ext. 2369

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