The agreement with OPSEU-ProTech includes 68 employees, including health inspectors, professional nutritionists, registered nurse practitioners, dental hygienists and health educators. The term of the contract is from July 1, 2020 to June 30, 2022. It also contains some minor adaptations of the language of the treaty from the previous agreement, known as public health. “Our public health nurses are well trained and qualified and offer health promotion programs, prevent disease and injury, and protect residents from communicable and infectious diseases. Their commitment and abilities have earned the respect of the community. It is disappointing that they were set up by their employer and forced to withdraw their services. The nurses ratified a new collective agreement on November 17. Learn more about this in the Thunder Bay News-Uhr by clicking here. The strike will have an impact on the municipalities of the Public Health Nurses Service, including First Nations and schoolchildren, as immunization programs will be affected. Nurses are also working on the current TB epidemic in the Community.
The new agreement was reached after conciliation on November 19 and ratified by 97 percent of the members, said ONA spokeswoman Melanie Levenson. The contract expires retroactively on January 1, 2020 and expires on December 31, 2021. ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered nurses and health professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student subsidiaries that are cared for in hospitals, long-term care centers, public health, community, clinics and industry. These 58 nurses are the lowest paid of Ontario`s public health nurses and are now returning to the picket line because they deserve a fair collective agreement that does not push them back further. Postmedia is committed to maintaining a lively but civil discussion forum and encouraging all readers to share their views on our articles. Comments can last up to an hour before appearing on the site. Please keep your comments relevant and respectful. We`ve enabled email notifications – you`ll now receive an email if you receive a response to your comment, there`s an update to a comment thread you`re following, or if a user follows you comments. More information and details about adapting your email settings can be found in our community policies. The contract with OPSEU Support has approximately 12 employees, including program assistants, reception and maintenance staff. The two-year contract will come into effect on January 1, 2021.
Matthew McMurdie, director of business services for the Grey Bruce Health Unit, said the board ratified the ONA contract at its November meeting.