|What a difference a week makes|
Scarborough - 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.
|Independent nursing panel makes 68 recommendations to improve care at Lakeridge Health Emergency Department|
Oshawa - May 14, 2013
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.
|Ontario sacrificing nurses’ health in quest for balanced budgets|
Toronto - 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.
|ONA supports Sault Area Hospital increase in RN staffing|
Sault Ste. Marie - May 09, 2013
Emergency room registered nurses at Sault Area Hospital support management’s decision to increase RN staffing at the Sault Area Hospital’s emergency department.
|Front-line registered nurses say patients will encounter sinkholes on the road to health reform|
Toronto - May 02, 2013
“The cuts being made to hospitals in the government’s road to health care reform will leave sinkholes that will hurt patients,” says Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association.
|It’s Time to Value the Invaluable, say Ontario Nurses|
Toronto - May 02, 2013
Sixty-thousand Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members are preparing to celebrate the invaluable contributions nurses make to health care as Nursing Week 2013 approaches.
|ONA Members to Mark 2013 Day of Mourning|
Toronto - April 25, 2013
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members and directors will participate in Day of Mourning ceremonies across Ontario tomorrow.
|More Registered Nurses Cut from The Ottawa Hospital: RNs gravely concerned as 25 more nursing cuts announced|
Ottawa - April 24, 2013
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members are gravely concerned about the impact on patient care following the announcement of an additional 25 full-time-equivalent RN cuts at The Ottawa Hospital.
|ONA calls on Humber River Hospital to improve patient care by swiftly implementing Independent Assessment Committee report|
Toronto - April 18, 2013
ONA is calling on Humber River Hospital to implement recommendations from a recent Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) as quickly as possible to ensure registered nurses in the emergency departments of the Church and Finch Street sites are able to provide safe patient care.
|National nursing body urges Soldiers’ Memorial to reinstate registered nurses|
Orillia - April 15, 2013
The National Association of PeriAnesthesia Nurses of Canada (NAPAN©) has added its voice to that of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) in calling on Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital to reinstate registered nurses in the Surgical Pre-admission Clinic. This is the unit where patients are prepared for surgery and assessed for possible surgical and anesthetic risks.
|ICU registered nurses at Kingston General Hospital call for an independent committee to review patient safety|
Kingston - April 05, 2013
Registered nurses are concerned about unsafe RN staffing levels and patient safety at Kingston General Hospital’s intensive care unit and have taken the relatively rare step of calling for an Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) to review the situation.
|Lakeridge Health registered nurses call in independent committee to review patient safety, staffing in emergency department|
Oshawa - March 18, 2013
The registered nurses who are concerned about unsafe RN staffing levels and patient safety at the Lakeridge Health Oshawa emergency department have called in an Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) to review the issues.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association Says Simcoe Muskoka Health Unit Wasting Tax Dollars on Legal Costs|
Barrie - March 14, 2013
As 140 Public Health Nurses working for the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit hold a pre-conciliation strike vote and head to conciliation on March 18, the union representing them is filing an unfair labour practice complaint and a bad faith bargaining complaint against their employer.
|Bluewater Nursing Cuts Will Hurt Patients: ONA warns of Impact|
Sarnia - March 01, 2013
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is warning that Bluewater Health’s plans to cut 15 registered nurses and not fill a number of currently vacant RN positions will negatively impact patient care.
|Huron County Public Health Nurses at Mediation: Legal Strike Deadline is Tomorrow|
Clinton - March 01, 2013
Public Health Nurses at the Huron County Health Unit are at mediation today, hoping to avert a strike that could begin as soon as tomorrow.
|Throne Speech: Ontario Nurses Expect the Value of RN Care to be Recognized as Government Moves to Build a Strong Health Care System|
Toronto - February 19, 2013
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is pleased to see that today’s Speech from the Throne includes promises to build relationships and treat Ontario’s labour force fairly and with respect, to build a strong health care system that expands home care, to evaluate corporate tax compliance to ensure corporations are paying their fair share and to explore an increase in the Employer Health Tax exemption threshold.
|Huron Public Health Nurses Shown No Respect for their Valuable Role in the Community|
Clinton - February 13, 2013
Twenty-six Public Health Nurses with the Huron Health Unit may be forced to strike following the failure of contract negotiations. The Public Health Nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association – have been without an agreement since December 31, 2011. They are in a legal strike/lock-out position on March 2.
|Public Health Nurses Reach Tentative Settlement|
Whitby - January 22, 2013
Public Health Nurses have reached a tentative settlement with the Durham Region Health Department. The 184 registered nurses and nurse practitioners, members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), had been without a contract since March 31, 2012. The tentative agreement was reached last night during conciliation.
|Durham Public Health Nurses May Be Forced on Strike|
Whitby - January 15, 2013
Public Health Nurses working for the Durham Region Health Department will hold a pre-conciliation strike vote tomorrow. The 184 registered nurses and nurse practitioners, members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), have been without a contract since March 31, 2012.
|Respiratory Therapists & Social Workers say Lakeridge Health stalling, not negotiating|
Oshawa - December 17, 2012
Respiratory Therapists and Social Workers working for Lakeridge Health say that the organization is stalling, not negotiating, and that they are being forced into interest arbitration for the fourth time in 12 years.
|Value the Invaluable: Ontario Nurses’ Association Unveils Transit Shelter Ads Across Ontario|
Toronto - December 03, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association’s (ONA) popular ‘Value the Invaluable’ ad campaign is expanding today as new transit shelter ads are unveiled across the province.
|Celebrating 40 Years of Advocacy: Ontario Nurses’ Association Biennial Convention Begins Today|
Toronto - November 20, 2012
Celebrating 40 years of advocacy for the nursing profession and quality patient care is the focus of this week’s gathering of more than 1,000 front-line nurses and allied health professionals attending the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Biennial Convention.
|Value the Invaluable: Ontario Nurses’ Association Launches New Ad Campaign|
Toronto - November 19, 2012
Today, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is launching a new ad campaign to urge people to value the invaluable skills and care provided by the province’s nurses.
|Algoma Public Health Nurses Ratify New Contract|
Sault Ste. Marie - November 06, 2012
Algoma Public Health Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners have voted overwhelmingly to ratify a new collective agreement.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association Kicks Off 40th Anniversary Celebrations|
Toronto - November 01, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) kicked off its 40th anniversary celebrations today by revealing a new banner marking the milestone. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, was joined by the board of directors and staff today at the union’s Grenville Street main office in Toronto. Celebrations will continue later this month as 1,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals gather in Toronto for ONA’s Biennial Convention.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association Reaches Agreement with Province to Maintain Control of Pension Plan|
Toronto - October 23, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is pleased to announce that it has negotiated an agreement with the provincial government to maintain joint control of the Healthcare of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP).
|Algoma Public Health Nurses may be forced to strike: Conciliation fails, Board of Health refuses to bargain|
Sault Ste. Marie - October 17, 2012
Algoma Public Health Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners may be forced on strike following the failure of conciliation and the failure of the Board of Health to provide a mandate to bargain to the employer.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association supports health care coordination by province’s CCACs|
Toronto - October 12, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is rejecting a report released yesterday that calls for the wholesale closure of Ontario’s 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) that coordinate Ontarians’ home care.
|ONA releases new research showing public health care and education cuts will bring falling economic growth|
Toronto - October 11, 2012
As the province continues down the road of decreased public spending in health care and other public services through initiatives such as imposed wage freezes, forced pension erosion as well as sweeping labour law reform, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is releasing a new research paper showing the wealth-creating role of public spending on health, education and social services in overall economic production.
|Algoma Public Health Nurses Still Seeking Fair Contract|
Sault Ste. Marie - October 10, 2012
Algoma Public Health Registered Nurses and Nurse Practitioners are considering next steps as they head to conciliation in the quest for a new contract.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association vows to protect patient care in face of reckless government attack on nurses|
Toronto - September 27, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) vows to protect patient care in the face of the reckless government attack on nurses announced by Finance Minister Duncan on Wednesday.
|Labour Day 2012: Ontario nurses celebrate 40 years of their union|
Toronto - September 02, 2012
Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) members across the province are poised to celebrate Labour Day 2012. More than 3,000 nurses and allied health professionals have approached ONA and joined the union in 2012. Prior to forming our union, RNs in Ontario were treated disrespectfully, earned very little pay and had no say in many of the decisions that impacted their patients' care and health outcomes.
|Ontario budget tax changes, current arbitration law good for nurses and patients|
Toronto - June 20, 2012
The increase in the tax rate for those with incomes of $500,000 or more per year, the pause on giving away more tax revenue to large corporations in exchange for nothing, and the removal of Schedule 30's unnecessary changes that would attack hospital workers' right to a fair contract negotiation process are good news for Ontario nurses, their patients and all Ontarians.
|Investigative Panel Supports RN Concerns about Staffing Levels, Patient Safety at SAH's Emergency Department|
Sault Ste. Marie - June 20, 2012
An Independent Assessment Committee (IAC), called in by the registered nurses (RNs) at Sault Area Hospital's new Emergency Department (ED), has supported their claims that RN staffing levels are insufficient to meet the needs of the large geographic area served by the hospital, and that patient care has been compromised.
|Nurses Fear for Home Care Clients in Muskoka after Victorian Order of Nurses’ Service Contract Inexplicably Not Renewed|
Huntsville - June 20, 2012
Home care clients in Muskoka will lose the continuity of care so important to their well-being after 17 home care nurses at Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) in Huntsville were provided with notice of long-term layoffs.
|Ontario Nurses urge MPPs to scrap budget schedules 28 and 30|
Toronto - June 15, 2012
Yesterday, a majority of Members of Provincial Parliament on the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs of the Legislative Assembly of Ontario voted to strike a number of schedules from the massive omnibus provincial budget bill. “Contrary to what the Premier is saying, amending the budget is exactly what MPPs were elected to do,” said Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association.
|Nurses Fear for Patient Safety in Brantford: Brant Community Healthcare System spinning facts to public on RN cuts|
Brantford - June 15, 2012
Registered nurses (RNs) working for Brant Community Healthcare System (BCHS) fear their employer is not telling the community the whole story as it cuts RN positions from units where seriously ill patients are cared for.
|Ontario Nurses' Association Pushes for Implementation of Long-Term Care Task Force Recommendations|
Toronto - May 16, 2012
While strongly supportive of the work of the Long Term Care Task Force on Resident Care and Safety, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is saddened to report that none of the recommendations in its final report released earlier today are new.
|Queens Gardens Long-Term Care Cutting RN Hours 30.4 Per Cent|
Hamilton - May 04, 2012
The Queens Gardens long-term care residence is gutting its complement of registered nurses (RNs), risking the health and safety of its elderly, vulnerable residents.
|Ontario Nurses Celebrate Nursing Week 2012: Nurses join with Ontarians to “Value the Invaluable”|
Toronto - May 03, 2012
Almost 60,000 registered nurses, nurse practitioners and registered practical nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – are set to begin an annual celebration of their profession as Nursing Week 2012 kicks off.
|Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses Reach Tentative Settlement with County|
Haldimand-Norfolk - May 01, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and Norfolk County reached a tentative agreement late last night that may end the 12-day-old Public Health Nurses’ strike in Haldimand-Norfolk. ONA members will be meeting this afternoon to vote on the tentative agreement. The nurses could be back on the job as early as tomorrow. ONA is recommending acceptance of the deal.
|Norfolk County Unnecessarily Spending Health Tax Dollars on Strike|
Haldimand-Norfolk - April 29, 2012
Norfolk County is spending tax dollars on unnecessary expenditures during the now week-long strike of Public Health Nurses instead of investing in the health care of Haldimand-Norfolk citizens. “I am a resident of this community as well as the President of ONA,” says Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, “and I am appalled at how extreme the measures have been to intimidate our nurses, public health care workers and invade the privacy of our residents.”
|Nurses Launch Ad Campaign: Urge the province to value quality nursing care|
Toronto - April 23, 2012
In a bid to help Ontarians to value how they view public-sector nurses who provide them and their loved ones with high-quality health care, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is launching an ad campaign today in communities across the province.
|Norfolk County Forces Haldimand-Norfolk Public Health Nurses to Strike|
Haldimand-Norfolk - April 20, 2012
The Corporation of Norfolk County has forced the 25 public health nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – on strike after insisting on gutting their collective agreement and refusing to negotiate a contract that respects the value the nurses provide to the Haldimand-Norfolk community. A special council meeting was held this afternoon where council rejected a counterproposal from ONA, forcing the strike, which deprives the community of their public health services.
|Public Health Nurses hold Strike Vote|
Norfolk - April 19, 2012
Public Health Nurses working for the Haldimand Norfolk Health Unit are holding a strike vote today following the breakdown of negotiations with The Corporation of Norfolk County. The nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – have been in negotiations since last October; their contract expired June 30, 2011.
|London Health Sciences University Hospital Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly to Join the Ontario Nurses' Association|
London - March 30, 2012
The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), Canada's largest nurses' union, welcomes 1,250 registered nurses in London as its newest members. The London Health Sciences Centre (LHSC) University Hospital RNs have overwhelmingly voted 'yes' to join their 2,000 Victoria Hospital colleagues as ONA members.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association asks whether the provincial budget will protect patients and quality nursing care|
Toronto - March 27, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), the union representing front-line registered nurses and allied health professionals in this province, is asking whether the 2012 provincial budget will protect patients and quality nursing care that Ontarians need.
|Ontario Nurses Say Health Care Changes Must Benefit Patients|
Toronto - February 15, 2012
The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) will meet with government to discuss any recommendations contained in the just-released Drummond Report that will impact on health outcomes for patients and the working conditions for RNs.
|Registered nurses’ concerns verified - Independent panel makes multiple recommendations to improve patient care at PRHC|
Peterborough - January 13, 2012
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) says the findings of the Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) show that the concerns of registered nurses about declining patient care in Peterborough Regional Health Centre’s haemodialysis unit were valid.
|Registered Nurses at Halton Healthcare Services Vote to Join Ontario Nurses' Association|
Oakville - January 11, 2012
Registered nurses employed at Halton Healthcare Services have overwhelmingly voted 'yes' to join the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the largest nurses' union in Canada.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association Releases an Alternate Macroeconomic Solution to Fixing the Fiscal House|
Toronto - January 10, 2012
The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is today releasing a new research paper that provides an alternate reading of Ontario's macroeconomic situation and people-oriented solutions.
|Sault Area Nurses Call in Independent Committee to Review Patient Safety, Staffing in SAH Emergency Department|
Sault Ste. Marie - January 09, 2012
Concerned that unsafe RN staffing levels and the large geographic size of Sault Area Hospital’s new ER have compromised patient safety, registered nursing members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) have called for an Independent Assessment Committee to examine the issue.
|Peterborough Public Health staff speak out to stop front-line service cuts|
Peterborough - December 14, 2011
Staff of the Peterborough County-City Health Unit are speaking out to stop cuts to front-line health promotion and disease prevention services for the community. They question why the cuts are necessary when the Health Unit’s funding has not changed.
|ONA calls for transparency from Grey Bruce Health Unit: Secrecy, lack of communication shown as service availability decreased|
Toronto - December 01, 2011
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) believes the secrecy of the Grey Bruce Health Unit’s unilateral decision to close its Walkerton office should raise alarms for local politicians and the communities who rely on access to public health services.
|Ontario Nurses support CMAJ call to end hospital parking fees barrier|
Toronto - November 28, 2011
Canada's largest nurses' union commends Canadian Medical Association Journal (CMAJ) editor in chief Dr. Rajendra Kale for his editorial calling for patient, rather than parking, centered health care.
|Nurse leaders from across country gather in Halifax during the Health Ministers meeting|
Toronto - November 24, 2011
Nurse leaders from across Canada will be available to speak to the media during the Federal/ Provincial/ Territorial Health Ministers meeting, November 24 and 25 in Halifax.
|Peterborough RNs Call in Independent Committee to Hear Care Concerns re. Hospital's Haemodialysis Unit|
Peterborough - November 17, 2011
A three-day hearing of an Independent Assessment Committee has wrapped up in Peterborough and now registered nurses at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) will await its recommendations.
|Grey Bruce Public Health Nurses Narrowly Accept Employer's Offer|
Toronto - November 16, 2011
Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Grey Bruce Public Health Nurses and Registered Nurses providing care for the Grey Bruce community have narrowly voted to accept a contract offer from their employer.
|Ontario Nurses call on politicians to start taking Occupy Toronto concerns seriously|
Toronto - November 15, 2011
In response to the eviction notices delivered to the occupiers of St. James Park on Tuesday, the largest nurses’ union in Canada is calling on Toronto City Council to prevent an eviction of Occupy Toronto protesters by police.
|Public Health Nurses at Grey Bruce Health Unit Head to Mediation: ONA members set to strike|
Toronto - October 19, 2011
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Grey Bruce Public Health Nurses and Registered Nurses providing care for the Grey Bruce community are entering mediation on November 14 and 15 and will be in a legal strike position on November 16.
|Community RNs and Allied Health Professionals Ratify New Collective Agreement|
Toronto - October 01, 2011
More than 3,000 Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in 10 of Ontario's Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) have voted to ratify a new three-year contract.
|Tentative Settlement Reached for RNs, Allied Health Professionals at Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres|
Toronto - September 30, 2011
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN is pleased to announce that a tentative settlement has been reached for 3,000 Registered Nurses and Allied Health Professionals working in 10 of Ontario’s Community Care Access Centres (CCACs).
|Community Care Access Centre Employees Give ONA Overwhelming Strike Mandate|
Toronto - September 27, 2011
Over 3,000 Registered Nurses and allied health professionals of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) who work as Case Managers, Placement Coordinators, Nurse Practitioners and as other health professionals at 10 of Ontario's 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) have given their negotiating team an overwhelming 95-per-cent strike mandate.
|Ontario Nurses' Association Prepares Community Care Access Centre Employees for a Possible Strike|
Toronto - September 23, 2011
Approximately 3,000 members of the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) - Case Managers, Placement Coordinators, Nurse Practitioners and other health professionals from 10 of Ontario's 14 Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) - are in the process of taking strike votes in advance of their last week of bargaining.
|ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud to Serve Fifth Term|
Toronto - September 06, 2011
Front-line registered nurses, allied health professionals and thousands of nursing student affiliates will have long-time political activist, nursing advocate and St. Joseph’s Healthcare (Hamilton) renal transplant nurse Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN as their leader for the next two years as she has been acclaimed President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA).
|Committee says surgical nurses’ concerns real: Calls for Lakeridge Health to increase RN staffing|
Oshawa - June 28, 2011
The Independent Assessment Committee called in to investigate concerns of Lakeridge Health Oshawa surgical unit RNs has made a series of 18 recommendations, including one that calls for an increase in registered nurses for this unit.
|Arbitration Award Released for Ontario Registered Nurses|
Toronto - June 03, 2011
An arbitration award was released yesterday setting out the terms and conditions for a new three-year collective agreement for more than 50,000 Ontario registered nurses and allied health professionals – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – and some 137 Ontario hospitals.
|Valuing the Invaluable: Ontario Nurses' Association releases new research on the value of caring work|
Toronto - May 05, 2011
To mark Mother's Day and the beginning of Nursing Week 2011, the Ontario Nurses' Association is releasing new research that focuses on the value of care provided mainly by women -- including nurses -- and includes some new wage data and recommendations.
|Ontario Nurses' Association kicks off Nursing Week 2011|
Toronto - May 05, 2011
The Ontario Nurses' Association's 57,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 12,000 nursing student affiliates are preparing to kick off Nursing Week 2011 with a range of events and activities to recognize nurses' special contributions to health care.
|Front-line registered nurses mark 2011 Day of Mourning|
Toronto - April 28, 2011
The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is today remembering the registered nurses, allied health professionals and thousands of other Ontario workers who have lost their lives or suffered injury as the province marks the 2011 Day of Mourning.
|Registered Nurses at Trillium Health Centre vote to join Ontario Nurses' Association|
Mississauga - April 21, 2011
Registered nurses employed at Trillium Health Centre have overwhelmingly voted yes to join the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA), the largest nurses' union in Canada. RNs at Trillium have sent a strong message to their employer that they expect respect, wages, benefits and a quality of work life that reflects the value that they provide to their patients and to the healthcare system.
|Lakeridge social workers and respiratory therapists head to arbitration just as hearing looking into RN staffing issues wraps up|
Oshawa - April 08, 2011
Social Workers and Registered Respiratory Therapists at Lakeridge Health are heading to arbitration on April 11 to obtain a fair and equitable contract that respects the important work they do for their patients.
|Sault Area Hospital Hemodialysis Unit staffing issues: Nurses’ concerns confirmed by external committee|
Sault Ste. Marie - April 08, 2011
The Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) hearing into the Renal Hemodialysis Unit at Sault Area Hospital (SAH) has provided recommendations that confirm Registered Nurses (RNs) have been required to perform more work than is consistent with proper patient care.
|Oshawa surgical nurses worried about patient care: RNs call for an independent assessment of staffing levels|
Oshawa - April 04, 2011
Registered nurses (RNs) working at the Lakeridge Health's Oshawa 36-bed in-patient surgical unit have taken their concerns about RN staffing levels being inadequate for safe patient care to the next level - an Independent Assessment Committee Hearing will investigate the matter in a hearing to be held April 5 to 7.
|Ontario nurses make recommendations for rural and northern health care|
Toronto - April 04, 2011
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has provided a comprehensive submission to Ontario’s Rural and Northern Health Care Panel with 13 recommendations to improve access to health outcomes in some of the province’s most underprivileged areas.
|North Bay nurses value ONA as their union|
North Bay - April 01, 2011
Registered Nurses (RNs) with the North Bay Regional Health Centre have overwhelmingly voted to make the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) their union.
|North West CCAC workers in legal strike position on April 18 as bargaining breaks down|
Thunder Bay - March 31, 2011
Bargaining between the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) and the North West Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) has broken down, potentially leaving those in the northwest without access to a range of health care services that these health professionals arrange and coordinate.
|Ontario Budget 2011: ONA says front-line Registered Nurses are vital for healthier Ontarians|
Toronto - March 29, 2011
Our hospitals remain the most efficient in the country, and front-line registered nurses are concerned that a 1.5-per-cent increase in operating budgets will not be enough to provide the acute services that patients require in hospitals.
|'Health Care Champs' the focus of sports-themed transit shelter ads launched today|
Toronto - March 21, 2011
Sports media are used to covering stories of athletes who earn multi-million-dollar salaries and are worshipped by their fans. Today, many Ontario commuters and pedestrians will see a new campaign that portrays Ontario registered nurses as health care champs
|Ontario Nurses' Association launches transit shelter ads featuring nursing 'Health Care Champs'|
Toronto - March 21, 2011
Many Ontario commuters and pedestrians will see a new transit shelter ad today featuring health care "champs" – a winning team of registered nurses – on the cover of a mock sports magazine celebrating a great shift.
|Ontario Nurses' Association expands innovative 'Value the Invaluable' campaign|
Toronto - March 07, 2011
The innovative and groundbreaking sports-themed ad campaign launched to remind Ontarians to value the priceless health care skills, leadership and knowledge that registered nurses (RNs) bring to the system is expanding today. The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) ad campaign – Value the Invaluable – will introduce a new radio ad today in 12 Ontario markets; transit shelter and on-line ads will follow.
|Front-line nurses urge quick implementation of measures to improve long-term care monitoring|
Toronto - December 22, 2010
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) urges the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care to move quickly to implement recommendations contained in a new report from provincial ombudsman André Marin released yesterday.
|Ontario nurses support CLC plan to expand CPP|
Toronto - December 17, 2010
Members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) are contacting federal Finance Minister The Hon. Jim Flaherty today, reminding him that the majority of Canadians support the labour movement’s plan to expand the Canada Pension Plan (CPP). “Minister Flaherty should be ashamed of himself for turning his back on the majority of Ontarians in favour of the few bank and insurance company executives who stand to profit from his pooled-savings gimmick,” said Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association.
|Independent Assessment Committee hearing dates set|
Sault Ste. Marie - December 07, 2010
The Independent Assessment Committee hearing into Sault Area Hospital’s hemodialysis unit will be held February 8, 9 and 10. The review was called for by members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) who identified ongoing professional practice and workload concerns impacting patient care. The Independent Assessment Committee (IAC) will examine RN staffing levels and make recommendations.
|Transit shelter ads launched as phase II of ONA's 'Value the Invaluable' campaign begins|
Toronto - December 02, 2010
A nurse’s autographed uniform and a “Most Valuable Player” sports collector card with the image of a nurse are the centrepieces of phase two of a new Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) ad campaign, urging Ontario residents to value the priceless health care skills, leadership and knowledge that registered nurses (RNs) bring to the system. The images are appearing in a series of transit shelter ads located in cities across the province today.
|Ontario Nurses' Association lifts nursing censure from Niagara Health System|
Niagara - December 01, 2010
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) Board of Directors has removed its nursing censure of the Niagara Health System (NHS) effective today. “We are pleased to see that progress has been made at NHS, although there are still significant issues to be addressed,” says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
|Ontario Nurses' Association launches new 'Value the Invaluable' campaign|
Toronto - November 22, 2010
Ontario residents will begin hearing a new and innovative radio campaign starting Monday as the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) asks them to value the priceless health care skills, leadership and knowledge that registered nurses (RNs) bring to the system.
|Front-line registered nurses gather in Toronto|
TORONTO - November 08, 2010
One-thousand registered nurses and allied health professionals are gathering in Toronto on Tuesday to attend the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) Biennial Convention. The RNs and health care professionals from across Ontario are leaders in their local communities and politically active ONA members.
|Peterborough Regional cuts more registered nurses|
PETERBOROUGH - October 21, 2010
The Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is deeply concerned about the latest round of registered nursing cuts at Peterborough Regional Health Centre. Yesterday the hospital eliminated more front-line registered nurses (RNs), bringing the total number of RN cuts to 153 as part of its "hospital improvement plan" and seriously impacting the quality of patient care.
|Front-line nurses march in labour day parades|
TORONTO - September 03, 2010
Registered nurses, their families and friends will participate in Labour Day parades in many Ontario cities this weekend. "Labour Day and its messages of solidarity have never been more relevant," says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. "RNs are being targeted by the government for wage freezes and by their employers for job cuts."
|PRHC deceiving community about cuts|
PETERBOROUGH - July 30, 2010
Cuts of registered nurses (RNs) at Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC) are far more extensive than the hospital has informed the community of and will have a serious impact on patient care.
|Registered nurses thank London community|
LONDON - July 02, 2010
he Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) credits the cancellation of cuts to registered nurses at London Health Sciences Centre's cancer care program, in large part, to the determination of the community. ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN says she is heartened that the cuts have been stopped, and credits not only the London RNs' efforts to find savings, but the unprecedented public outcry of the community.
|Ontario Health Care System Lags Far Behind in Occupational Health & Safety|
TORONTO - June 28, 2010
Representatives from the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) are at the Centre of Health and Safety in Mississauga today to provide 58 recommendations to the Expert Advisory Panel to Review Ontario's Occupational Health and Safety System. ONA's review of the state of occupational health and safety (OH&S) found serious deficits in protecting health care workers from illness and injury - and the risk extends to patient safety as well.
|Toronto Grace Health Centre RNs Join ONA|
TORONTO - June 17, 2010
“We’re thrilled to welcome these 60 dedicated RNs to ONA,” said President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “Nurses in this province face so many challenges now, and ONA is committed to advocating for our members so that they, in turn, can focus on providing the quality care that their patients deserve.”
|Nursing Week 2010: Not much to celebrate as Chatham-Kent Health Alliance cuts registered nursing positions|
CHATHAM - May 14, 2010
“Chatham-Kent’s mission statement is: Caring people, caring for people,” notes Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, President of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA). “How ironic that Chatham-Kent decision-makers have chosen Nursing Week to deliver the news to our skilled and dedicated registered nurses that they will no longer be able to care for their patients.”
|Ontario Nurses' Association launches public campaign|
TORONTO - May 10, 2010
“Nursing Week is a time to recognize the invaluable contribution RNs make to the health-care system,” notes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “But in Ontario, our skilled, professional RNs have been ‘recognized’ far too often as a target for cost-cutting exercises and lost their positions to balance the bottom line. ONA is fighting nursing cuts with our Cutting Nurses, Cutting Care campaign.”
|Ontario Nurses' Association kicks off Nursing Week 2010|
TORONTO - May 07, 2010
Noting that RNs in Ontario are continuing to experience nursing cuts and rising workplace pressure, ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN, says this is the week – which marks Florence Nightingale’s birthday – to put the spotlight on the priceless contributions that nurses make.
|Sault Ste. Marie MPP and hospital feel the heat on nursing cuts|
SAULT STE. MARIE - May 06, 2010
Responding to criticisms about significant cuts to registered nurse (RN) positions at the Sault Area Hospital (SAH), both the hospital and Mr. David Orazietti, the local Liberal Member of Provincial Parliament (MPP), have issued media releases attacking nurses since Saturday.
|Front-line registered nurses mark 2010 Day of Mourning|
TORONTO - April 28, 2010
“It’s vital that we pause to remember the colleagues we have lost,” said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “RNs are among the most injured and ill of all professionals because of the high occupational health and safety hazards we encounter daily while caring for our patients.”
|ONA concerned for patients as Peterborough Health Centre peer review recommends cutting almost 250,000 hours of nursing care|
PETERBOROUGH - April 21, 2010
“If these cuts proceed, the patients of the Peterborough community will suffer the consequences,” said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “We are deeply worried about the erosion of RNs in this hospital and across the province. In the past 12 months alone, 2,045 nursing positions equaling more than four million hours per year of RN care have been cut.”
|Ontario Nurses’ Association supportive of drug cost cuts but remains concerned about nursing cuts|
TORONTO - April 08, 2010
“Front-line registered nurses certainly share the government’s concern about the rising costs of pharmaceuticals, which have been consuming a large portion of precious health-care system dollars,” said Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “Our dedicated, nurses are worried that for some time the savings have been focused on cutting nursing care hours for our patients, impacting their health outcomes with little attention paid to other costs in the system.”
|Cassellholme Home for the Aged staffing issues: Nurses’ concerns confirmed by external committee|
NORTH BAY - April 07, 2010
“We are very pleased that the Independent Assessment Committee has heard the evidence and acknowledged ONA nurses’ concerns – and made 25 recommendations to improve the ability of RNs to provide safe, quality care to Cassellholme residents,” said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN.
|Nurses question federal health minister’s decision to allow unregulated workers to screen potential blood donors|
TORONTO - April 06, 2010
“The findings of the Krever Commission showed that the drive for cost efficiencies can jeopardize blood safety, yet it looks like that is exactly what Canadian Blood Services is doing – trying to save money while risking the safety of our blood supply,” says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “We can see no other reason for this change.”
|Ontario nurses say budget is the final nail in the coffin|
TORONTO - March 25, 2010
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN says that today’s provincial budget means more service and nursing cuts for patients in this province. “Every Ontarian should brace themselves for yet more cuts to the health care they need and count on,” said Haslam-Stroud, following the release of the provincial budget. Base funding for hospitals will increase by just 1.5 per cent for 2010/11.
|Throne Speech: Front-line nurses say health-care changes must benefit patient care|
TORONTO - March 08, 2010
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN says that any government changes to health-care or hospital funding must ensure quality patient care first. ONA believes that a review of and any changes to the Public Hospitals Act must support quality patient care and be made with meaningful input from registered nurses. ONA believes that front-line nurses and communities must have a say in how their hospitals operate.
|Registered nurses say patient care will suffer as Northumberland Hills Hospital cuts nurses, beds, services|
COBOURG - March 08, 2010
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is warning that cutting the equivalent of almost 10 full-time registered nurses (RNs), closing beds and closing diabetes services and physiotherapy programs at Northumberland Hills Hospital will impact the quality of patient care.
|Ottawa Hospital cuts 300,000 hours of nursing care: Ontario Nurses’ Association concerned for patients|
OTTAWA - February 26, 2010
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN is expressing deep concerns about the quality of patient care at The Ottawa Hospital following word that the facility is cutting approximately 300,000 hours of RN care per year. The hospital has informed ONA that it is both laying off registered nurses and deleting registered nursing positions. Notice was provided of 70 RN position cuts this week and another 120 RN position deletions, totalling about 300,000 hours per year of RN care lost to our patients.
|Registered nurses fear for cancer patients as nurses cut from London Health Sciences clinic|
LONDON - February 09, 2010
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) is warning that London-area cancer patients will face longer wait times as London Health Sciences Centre cuts five of its 22 full-time and four of its part-time front-line primary care nurses providing outpatient cancer program care. In addition, the hospital has announced that all seven registered nurses (two part-time, five casual) working in the Ontario breast screening program have been eliminated.
|ONA to Government: Put funding where it’s needed most: retaining registered nurses|
TORONTO - February 02, 2010
Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN is calling for the Ontario government to use limited health-care funding available where it’s going to matter most: improving patients’ health outcomes by preserving registered nursing positions that are being cut as hospitals struggle to balance budgets.
|Nurses say elderly Cassellholme Home for the Aged residents may be at risk: ONA calls for external resolution to staffing issues|
NORTH BAY - February 02, 2010
Following more than two years of unsuccessful attempts to convince the management of Cassellholme Home for the Aged in North Bay to fulfill its obligation to rectify staff and supply shortages, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has taken the rare step of calling for an Independent Assessment Committee hearing into RN staffing levels at the facility.
|Ontario nurses devastated by denial of appeal of SARS decision|
TORONTO - December 17, 2009
Registered nurses in Ontario are devastated today to learn that the Supreme Court of Canada has denied an appeal of an earlier legal decision regarding responsibility for keeping nurses safe during the SARS outbreak.
|Tentative settlement reached for Sudbury and District Public Health Unit nurses|
SUDBURY - December 03, 2009
Following a long and difficult negotiations process, public health nurses with the Sudbury & District Public Health Unit have reached a tentative settlement with their employer. The nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – have been working with an expired contract since April 1, 2009.
|Sudbury public health nurses in legal strike position December 4; Going to mediation this week|
SUDBURY - November 30, 2009
The 118 public health nurses and nurse practitioners and Sudbury District Public Health officials will go to mediation on December 2 in an effort to avoid a strike and reach a new contract. The public health nurses – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – have been working with an expired contract since April and are in a legal strike position as of December 4.
|Ontario joins other nurses' unions in calling for a halt to plans to eliminate RNs from blood donor screening|
TORONTO - November 18, 2009
Noting that there is no evidence to support claims that using unskilled, unregulated workers to screen blood donors will not jeopardize the safety of Canada’s blood supply, the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) and other Canadian nurses’ unions are calling for a halt to plans to eliminate nurses from blood donor screening.
|Ontario Nurses’ Association approves censure of Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation|
HAMILTON - November 17, 2009
The Board of Directors of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has agreed to the request of registered nurses employed by Hamilton Health Sciences Corporation (HHSC) to censure their employer.
|Arbitration award a victory for nurses who become ill; Hamilton Health Sciences found to be reckless|
TORONTO - October 26, 2009
The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has won another important arbitration decision related to disability management, with a finding of “bad-faith behaviour” and “reckless” management against Hamilton Health Sciences Centre (HHSC) in the case of an ONA registered nurse who tried to return to work following an illness.
|Haldimand Norfolk Public Health nurses soon to be in legal strike position|
TORONTO - October 13, 2009
Public health nurses with the Haldimand Norfolk Public Health Unit have voted 90-per-cent in favour of a strike should an October 29 mediation session fail. The nurses, members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA), have been without a contract since March 31, 2009.
|Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital nurses choose ONA: Nurses vote to join nurses’ union|
TORONTO - October 09, 2009
Registered Nurses (RNs) and Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) at the Strathroy Middlesex General Hospital (SMGH) have voted to make the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) their union. In a vote held earlier this week, the nurses voted overwhelmingly (81 per cent) in favour of joining the provincial nurses’ union.
|Ontario Nurses' Association to lift censure of Bluewater Health|
TORONTO - September 28, 2009
The Board of Directors of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) has approved the lifting of the censure that has been in place against the Bluewater Health Centre since June 2002. “Our members recognize that the workplace and labour relations conflict has continued for more than seven years now,” says ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. “Though there have been some improvements in working conditions and labour relations, there continues to be a number of issues identified by our front-line registered nurses with this employer.”
|London nurse’s death: ONA appeals Ministry of Labour investigation conclusions|
TORONTO - September 22, 2009
|Ontario Nurses' Association warns Port Perry Nursing Home residents at risk: Community Nursing Home Port Perry cutting RNs, RPNs|
PORT PERRY - September 14, 2009
|Front line registered nurses join in Labour Day parade: Nurses celebrate solidarity|
- September 04, 2009
|ONA front-line nurses choose president: Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN to serve fourth term|
TORONTO - September 03, 2009
|Ontario Nurses’ Association says nurses still at risk: CAMH pleads guilty in workplace violence cases|
TORONTO - August 13, 2009
|Ontario Nurses’ Association appeals SARS lawsuit ruling: ONA says government must be accountable for nurses’ safety|
TORONTO - August 06, 2009
|Niagara Region Public Health nurses’ contract ratified|
TORONTO - July 10, 2009
|North Bay nurses choose ONA as their union|
TORONTO - June 26, 2009
|Final employer contract offer rejected: Niagara Region Public Health nurses in legal strike position as of June 26|
TORONTO - June 15, 2009
|Ontario nursing home RNs ratify new agreement|
TORONTO - June 12, 2009
|Conciliation talks fail: Niagara Region Public Health nurses to prepare for next steps|
TORONTO - June 05, 2009
|Ontario nurses to discuss workplace violence, pandemic preparedness & more at national nurses’ union conference|
TORONTO - June 04, 2009
|Niagara Region Public Health nurses to take pre-conciliation strike vote: Conciliation set for May 27, June 3|
TORONTO - May 19, 2009
|Tentative Agreement Reached for Nursing Home RNs - ONA to release details May 26|
TORONTO - May 13, 2009
|Nurses decry lack of accountability as SARS case thrown out|
TORONTO - May 07, 2009
|Ontario Nurses’ Association kicks off Nursing Week 2009|
TORONTO - May 07, 2009
|NHS cutting emergency RNs as expert committee recommends increased recruitment|
TORONTO - April 02, 2009
|Registered nursing positions slashed at Leamington Hospital: ONA says patients will suffer|
TORONTO - April 02, 2009
|Ontario Nurses’ Association says provincial budget fails to sustain nursing workforce|
TORONTO - March 26, 2009
|Front-line registered nurses march on Queen’s Park: Protest gutting of RN positions, putting patients’ health at risk|
TORONTO - March 05, 2009
|Plan to replace registered nurses with unregulated workers will risk blood supply safety, says Ontario Nurses' Association|
TORONTO - March 03, 2009
|Bluewater Health gutting RN positions: ONA says patients will experience a rise in complications, deaths|
TORONTO - March 02, 2009
|New poll shows Ontarians disagree with nursing cuts: 83 per cent oppose RN cuts, nursing hour reductions|
TORONTO - February 23, 2009
|Ontario Nurses' Association launches television ads: Campaign pushes to save patient care|
TORONTO - February 23, 2009
|ONA requests review of Grey Bruce Health Unit: Nurses, programs cut|
TORONTO - February 23, 2009
|Leamington District Memorial Hospital making cuts to balance budget: Registered nurses say care will suffer|
TORONTO - February 13, 2009
|ONA awaits Ministry of Labour investigation results following the death of an RN at London Health Sciences Centre|
TORONTO - February 11, 2009
|Cutting Nurses Cutting Care: ONA launches new ad campaign to save patient care|
TORONTO - February 09, 2009
|ONA going to arbitration to halt RN layoffs: ONA says Toronto East General layoffs are a threat to patient safety|
TORONTO - January 20, 2009
|South East CCAC Staff Reject Final Contract Offer|
TORONTO - December 19, 2008
|Central CCAC Staff Vote in Favour of First Collective Agreement: Ontario Nurses' Association Members Avert a Strike|
TORONTO - December 11, 2008
|Central CCAC Staff Narrowly Reject First Collective Agreement: Provincial Mediator to Meet with ONA and CCAC|
TORONTO - December 06, 2008
|Central CCAC Staff Reject Final Contract Offer|
TORONTO - November 18, 2008
|Nurses at Guelph CHC Remain Without a Contract: Negotiations Break Down, Residents to Pay the Price|
TORONTO - November 03, 2008
|Violence Escalating at CAMH: Registered Nurses & Health-Care Workers Call for Action Now|
TORONTO - October 21, 2008
|Registered Nurse Staffing Cuts Threaten Patient Care: RN Positions Cut in Toronto|
TORONTO - August 26, 2008
|RN Staffing Reductions, Service Cutbacks Threaten Rural Communities; Safety of Vulnerable Patients At Risk|
TORONTO - August 14, 2008
|St. Joseph’s Healthcare Slashing RN Positions|
TORONTO - July 29, 2008
|Toronto East General Laying Off Registered Nurses: ONA Says Patients at Risk|
TORONTO - July 22, 2008
|ONA, Hotel-Dieu Grace Hospital Resolve Grievance|
TORONTO - July 21, 2008
|Long-term care needs enforceable standards, not vague reports|
TORONTO - July 08, 2008
|ONA Challenges Rouge Valley Lay-Offs: Files for Judicial Review of Board Cuts|
TORONTO - June 25, 2008
|ONA Disappointed with Sharkey Report: Review of Long-Term Care Fails to Ensure Minimum Standard of Care|
TORONTO - June 18, 2008
|Grey Bruce Public Health Nurses Head to Conciliation|
TORONTO - May 09, 2008
|Ontario Nurses’ Association Celebrates Nursing Week|
TORONTO - May 09, 2008
|Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC Offices Moving: Consolidations Will Impact Accessibility|
TORONTO - May 02, 2008
|ONA marks first anniversary of the passing of Justice Archie Campbell|
TORONTO - April 16, 2008
|ONA Hospital Nurses Vote Overwhelmingly in Favour of New Contract|
TORONTO - March 20, 2008
|ONA releases details of tentative settlement for 50,000 hospital RNs|
TORONTO - February 22, 2008
|Conciliation Fails: Chatham-Kent Public Health Nurses Hold Strike Vote|
TORONTO - February 08, 2008
|ONA and OHA Reach Tentative Contract Agreement|
TORONTO - February 07, 2008
|ONA Appalled at Hotel-Dieu Decision: Move to ignore Dupont jury recommendations is scandalous|
TORONTO - February 01, 2008
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