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Public Health Nurses Headed To Conciliation After Being Without A Contract Since January

KAWARTHA LAKES-Fifty public health nurses and registered practical nurses are in the process of negotiating a new collective agreement as the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and Haliburton, Kawartha, Pine Ridge District Health Unit head to conciliation tomorrow.

 “Ontario’s public health nurses demand respect, improved working conditions and more from their employers in this day and age,” says ONA Provincial President Erin Ariss, RN. “Events in the past five years have shown us just how imperative it is that our province has a full complement of public health nurses working to keep their communities safe from a large array of infectious disease, outbreaks and other harms that impact the well-being of residents. These 50 nurses are responsible for approximately 200,000 residents in Haliburton, Kawartha Lakes and Northumberland. They deserve a respectful new contact for the vital work they do.”

Among the programs these nurses run are: vaccination,  measles, sexual health programs including cancer screening; harm reduction programs, infectious disease monitoring and control, including in our hospitals and long-term care homes; communicable disease monitoring and prevention; supporting high-risk families through the Healthy Families/Children/Babies program; and a school health program.

 The nurses have been working without a contract since January 1, 2024 and say since there has been just one day of negotiations. 

“We urge this health unit to get serious about reaching a new deal,” says Ariss. “Our public health nurses are highly educated, and specialty trained to keep their communities safe and promote health. These nurses have sacrificed enormously to serve their communities, and it is well past time to acknowledge and respect them. They deserve that, at minimum.”

ONA is the union representing 68,000 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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