Our Windsor-Essex public health nurses are returning to work, providing care within the community. Thank you all so much for your solidarity and support over the past couple of months! #ONARocks!
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April 12, 2019: Representatives from ONA and the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions went to Tecumseh town hall to present a petition with 1,000 signatures to Gary McNamara, chair of the public health unit’s board.
April 11, 2019: Nurses from the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit resoundingly rejected their employer’s most recent ‘final’ offer Wednesday and have resumed picketing today. Click here to learn more.
April 2, 2019: More than 80 public health nurses voted against ratifying a tentative agreement with the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit this morning. Click here to learn more.
March 27, 2019: The President of the Canadian Federation of Nurses Unions (CFNU) is calling on public health authorities to monitor the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit’s actions and ensure the health of the community is not at risk. New talks between the Ontario Nurses’ Association, representing more than 80 striking public health nurses, and the Windsor-Essex Health Unit employer failed yesterday. The employer walked away from talks with the union after less than an hour, even as reports of a suspected measles case sparked fear of an outbreak.
“It is concerning that the actions of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit employer are not only denying dedicated public health nurses a fair contract, they may be putting the health of their community at risk by letting this strike drag on,” said Linda Silas, CFNU President. “It’s time for this employer to get back to the table prepared to negotiate.”
March 25, 2019: NDP MPP Percy Hatfield (Windsor-Tecumseh) spoke up during Question Period to ask that the government send the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit back to the bargaining table to work out a fair deal with striking public health nurses.
Video provided by the Legislative Assembly’s Broadcast and Recording Service
March 20, 2019: Striking nurses with Windsor-Essex County Health Unit continue to give back to the community even while forced to strike. In lieu of being on the picket line tomorrow, the nurses will instead be donating blood – some with their families – and volunteering at Canadian Blood Services in Windsor. Last week, with help from the community, the more than 80 Nurse Practitioners, Public Health Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses donated 17,000 diapers to The Downtown Mission, enough to help 100 families in need.
March 20, 2019: Radio ads featuring Windsor and Essex County public health nurses began airing on five local radio stations Wednesday morning. This is the latest effort by the more than 80 Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) members to get back to work caring for and protecting their communities’ health and well-being since being forced onto the picket line by their employer more than a week ago. Click here for more information.
March 14, 2019: Striking nurses with Windsor-Essex County Health Unit will be joined on the picket line tomorrow by supporters at a Friends and Family rally. The striking nurses will be joined by their friends, families, the CEO and board members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association, local provincial and federal politicians, and Windsor and District Labour Council President Brian Hogan in front of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit on Ouellette Avenue.
March 13, 2019: More than 80 Nurse Practitioners, Public Health Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses who have been forced to strike are holding a diaper drive this week in an effort to devote some of their time on the picket line to benefit the community. The nurses will be donating diapers and accepting diaper donations to provide to The Downtown Mission this Friday in their “Time for a Change” diaper drive. Click here for more information.
March 8, 2019: More than 80 Nurse Practitioners, Public Health Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses who provide a wide range of services to close to 500,000 Windsor-Essex County residents were forced out on strike after mediation failed to result in a new collective agreement.