November 20, 2013
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says that violence in Ontario’s long-term care facilities can be significantly reduced by implementing the recommendations from past coroners’ inquests into the same issue.
October 18, 2013
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is calling for a funded and regulated minimum standard of an average of four hours of care per resident/per day of nursing and personal care for residents of Ontario long-term care facilities.
October 18, 2013
This afternoon, members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), Canada’s largest nurses’ union, will join lawyers employed by Legal Aid Ontario (LAO) in a rally at the provincial government agency’s head office.
October 10, 2013
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is calling for an immediate moratorium on registered nursing cuts in the province. A new report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) is showing that Ontario has the second-lowest ratio of registered nurses to population in the country tells an alarming story for patient care.
September 05, 2013
Passionate health care advocate, political activist and Hamilton renal transplant nurse Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, has been acclaimed to serve a record sixth two-year term as Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President.
July 23, 2013
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is calling for a meeting with the Premier and Ministry of Health to work together with the union to develop strategies to keep nurses safe on the job.
July 04, 2013
Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses Concerned About Health Unit Closure; Year-round access a must
Public Health Nurses working for the Corporation of Norfolk County’s health unit say they are deeply concerned with the impact on the community of the decision to close health and social services offices between Christmas and New Year’s, 2013.
July 03, 2013
Believing that Southlake Regional Health Centre has shown a wanton disregard for the safety of its nurses that has resulted in a predictable and preventable attack on ER staff, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is seeking criminal charges against the hospital.
June 11, 2013
Independent panel makes 56 recommendations to fix nursing workload concerns at Kingston General Hospital ICU
The Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) called in by the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has made 56 recommendations to address the concerns of registered nurses about staffing and workload in Kingston General’s ICU.
May 17, 2013
New information about the latest cuts of RNs at The Scarborough Hospital is further evidence that the Ontario government is cutting health care. The Ontario Nurses' Association is calling for a province-wide moratorium on the elimination of nursing positions.
May 14, 2013
Independent nursing panel makes 68 recommendations to improve care at Lakeridge Health Emergency Department
The Independent Assessment Committee called in by the Ontario Nurses’ Association has made 68 recommendations to address the concerns of registered nurses about staffing in Lakeridge Health Oshawa’s ER.
May 10, 2013
In the quest to cut costs and balance hospital budgets, Ontario hospitals are sacrificing the health of registered nurses, according to new research.
Memo to Health Care CEOs: Cut the RN Cuts!
When will the RN cuts end? When will employers and government understand that when the number of registered nurses declines, so does the quality of care? Yet another study - the most recent produced by the Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) - notes that Ontario has the second-lowest ratio of registered nurses to population in Canada.
Updates regarding the Novel Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) can be found below. If you have any questions about the information, please contact your Bargaining Unit President.
Novel Coronavirus (MeRS Cov) - Update Nov. 5
November 5: The Provincial Infectious Disease Advisory Committee (PIDAC) released the following: Tools for Preparedness: Triage, Screening and Patient Management of Middle East Respiratory Syndrome Coronavirus (MERS-CoV) Infections in Acute Care Settings
Nurses’ vision for workers' rights and a secure future
Over the last few months, Tim Hudak and the Progressive Conservative (PC) party have released a series of White Papers that set out their proposed policy prescriptions for Ontario.
Randy Hillier, MPP for Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox & Addington, introduced three private member’s bills (62, 63 and 64) that, if passed, would threaten workers' rights and union security, and would fundamentally undermine labour relations in Ontario.
On May 6, PC leader Tim Hudak summarized his party’s vision for Ontario in his speech to the legislature as part of the debate on the Ontario budget and attacked a secure future for workers through defined benefit pension plans.
Taken together, the PCs want to eliminate the democratic and collective voice of our members, which has taken us 40 years to build. They want to destroy the possibility of a secure future in retirement for nurses after a lifetime of work on behalf of our patients, clients and residents, as well as a secure future of other Ontario workers.
Nurses have an alternative vision for worker rights and challenge political parties to build an Ontario with a secure future.
My Ontario respects the democratic right to negotiate our terms and conditions of work, which directly impact on my ability to provide safe and quality care.
Unions have always been a positive force in our society and play a valuable role defending and advancing the rights of workers in Ontario.
Nurses and other workers, through their unions, have a collective voice at work and a democratic venue to fight for equality, fair treatment, economic security and safe working conditions.
My Ontario provides for a fair wage arbitration system that represents a balanced trade-off for nurses and other workers who do not have the right to strike.
My Ontario does not incite dues evasion that encourages people to take something without paying for it. It’s unethical. It promotes free riders. Free riders force other workers to pay more or accept less.
My Ontario includes a secure future for nurses and all workers through a defined benefit pension plan.
As a nurse, I have made retirement planning a priority throughout my working career. My union has made pensions a bargaining priority.
My employer and I have made the necessary contributions for the sustainability of our pension plan. Our contributions have been properly and ethically invested and managed at a very reasonable cost.
My plan is fully funded now and into the foreseeable future.
My retirement planning is not subject to the vagaries of the financial markets and interest rates – I can predict with relative certainty my retirement income.
After a lifetime of caring for Ontarians, I am able to retire with dignity and continue to provide for my family and loved ones.
I sleep better at night knowing my retirement future is secure.
This is the Ontario that I wish for all Ontarians. This is my challenge. If you agree with me, please take action and send a message to your MPP.
Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN
November 19, 2013: The November edition of HOOPP's newsletter, Pensions in Perspectives, is now available. Please download it and read about how defined pensions can work -- and work well.
September, 26, 2013 Update: Download the June edition of the HOOPP newsletter, Pensions in Perspectives, which features a nurse's perspective of her pension.
August 2013: Download a letter from HOOPP President and CEO Jim Keohane about updates to your pension plan and the positives of a defined benefit pension plan.
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