Northwood Lodge Home for the Aged workers unionize

Concerns about heavy workloads top reason for joining: ONA
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 08/26/2019
Labour relations
ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals. Google Street View

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) said new members from Northwood Lodge Home for the Aged joined the union on Aug. 20.

“The registered nurses working for this Red Lake, Ont. home have concerns about their heavy workloads, which they say impedes their ability to provide the kind of care their vulnerable residents need and deserve,” says Vicki McKenna, ONA president.

One of the services of significance to ONA members experiencing short-staffed workplaces is a professional-responsibility clause, which provides a process for addressing workloads that interfere with registered nurses meeting their professional standards, says the union.

ONA is the union representing 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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