Support and Activism
From time to time, members of the Ontario Nurses' Association take action in support of a health or labour cause. These actions include showing solidarity with union members in who are locked out or on strike, writing letters in support, and/or educating people about an issue. We will post any items released by the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU), the Canadian Labour Congress (CLC) and other allies.We will list opportunties that are available to ONA members offered by other unions and affiliates.
September 20, 2016
ONA sends its support to almost 5,000 sisters and brothers represented by the Minnesota Nurses Association (MNA) who began a strike on Labour Day at five hospitals in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area. The employer, Allina Health has held the nurses to ransom! Nurses began negotiating with Allina in February for a new three-year contract, but during the first six months of talks, hospital negotiators would discuss only the termination of nurses’ health insurance plans and not nurses’ proposals to address workplace safety concerns and staffing improvements. MNA has filed Unfair Labor Practice charges against Allina Health for surface bargaining or failing to negotiate fairly at the table, which is a violation of the U.S.A. Labour Relations Act.
On September 20, 2016, the ONA Board of Directors voted in favour of sending $5,000 as a show of solidarity. Please send your messages of solidarity to either of the contacts below:
Contact: Rick Fuentes
September 15, 2016: ONA supports Unifor in their negotiations at General Motors. "We understand that a strike is a strong possibility...We hope you are able to secure a contract that is acceptable to your members, but if not, please know that our members will be with you on the picket line," writes ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud in a letter of support to Unifor President Jerry Dias. Click here to read the complete letter.
November 2015: ONA supports Nipissing University Faculty Association. On behalf of 60,000 registered nurses and allied health professionals and more than 14,000 nursing students who are members of ONA, we stand in solidarity with the members of NUFA as they endeavor to negotiate a fair contract. NUFA members deserve a fair contract that will enable them to provide the highest quality education possible to their students. Read the letter of support here.
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