Freezes, uncertainty driving certifications in health care

Wage increases only one factor motivating Ontario public-sector employees: Unions
By Danielle Harder
|Canadian Labour Reporter|Last Updated: 04/16/2012

The recent decision by 1,250 registered nurses at London Health Sciences’ University Hospital in London, Ont. to join the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) is the latest in a string of certifications among health-care workers in Ontario.

Thousands of employees at more than a dozen hospitals across the province have unionized over the past two years, including nurses at two of the province’s largest hospital networks.

One factor has been the freeze on non-unionized public-sector wages since 2010.