Thunder Bay, Ont., public-health nurses heading to conciliation

Trying to avoid being forced to strike: ONA
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 09/25/2018
Labour relations
The 58 nurses — including one nurse practitioner — have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2016 and the two sides have had three days of negotiations, said the union. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) public-health nurses working for the Thunder Bay, Ont., Health Unit have scheduled two days of conciliation.

Conciliation is scheduled for Sept. 18 and 19, said the union.  

“Our nurses recently worked to contain an outbreak of tuberculosis in this community, yet they remain the lowest-paid of all public-health nurses in Ontario,” said Vicki McKenna, ONA president. “It is vital that this employer show our female-dominated profession the respect it has earned and come to conciliation prepared to negotiate a contract that recognizes the value of what they do.”

The 58 nurses — including one nurse practitioner — have been working without a contract since Dec. 31, 2016 and the two sides have had three days of negotiations, said the union.

ONA represents more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.

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