Ontario Nurses’ Association Stands in Solidarity with Education Workers
November 1, 2022
TORONTO, ON, NOVEMBER 1, 2022 – The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) stands in solidarity with Ontario’s education workers and the Canadian Union of Public Employees in their pursuit of a respectful and fair new collective agreement.
ONA believes the Ford government’s repeated use of the Notwithstanding Clause demonstrates a wanton disregard for the rights of union members to freely and fairly negotiate; it is a chilling and arrogant move by a government that has repeatedly shown its disdain for female-dominated professions and the vital work they do. The government’s decision to pre-emptively legislate these workers back to work, impose a contract and prevent them from taking job action undermines a long-respected and legal process.
This is yet another example of this government attacking historic basic labour freedoms in this province. ONA encourages all unions and all workers to join the fight to defend these basic rights and freedoms.
ONA is the union representing more than 68,000 nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 18,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, industry and clinics.