Oakville’s Central West Specialized Developmental Services RNs Headed to Conciliation Tomorrow

February 20, 2018

OAKVILLE – Registered nurses who care for those who have developmental disabilities, challenging behaviors and mental health issues are heading into conciliation tomorrow, seeking a new contract.

The five full-time and two casual RNs – members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) working at the Central West Specialized Developmental Services in Oakville – have been without a contract since March 31, 2017.

“Our highly educated registered nurses are dedicated to providing outreach, treatment rehabilitation, preventative health care, support and consultation that helps these vulnerable clients remain in their own community,” said ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN.

“Our nurses work as part of an interdisciplinary team – with families and with community stakeholders – in the delivery of nursing care for their vulnerable clients. Their work includes developing and maintaining health supports to ensure an optimal level of health and functioning of their clients. This is invaluable and deserves the respect and recognition of their employer,” she said.

The two sides have had one day of bargaining, during which this employer made it clear that they were not intending to discuss any improvements to wages or benefits. The RNs in this Bargaining Unit are paid far less than RNs working in Ontario hospitals – a full $4.23 per hour less for an RN at the end rate of the wage grid.

McKenna urges this employer to recognize the vital work of the RNs, and work collaboratively with ONA to reach an agreement that respects and recognizes the skilled care and services they provide.

ONA is the union representing 65,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals, as well as 16,000 nursing student affiliates, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry.


For more information:

Sheree Bond: (416) 964-8833, ext. 2430; cell: (416) 986-8240; shereeb@ona.org

Melanie Levenson: (416) 965-8833, ext. 2369; melaniel@ona.org