(THUNDER BAY, ON) – The Ontario Nurses Association has declared a strike.
On Monday, October 15, negotiations for a collective agreement between the TBDHU and its public health nurses (members of the Ontario Nurses’ Association – ONA) took place. ONA members rejected the Health Unit’s final contract offer and walked off the job this morning, Tuesday, October 16.
Strikers at the picket line tell us that they are the lowest paid health unit in Ontario, and just want to be paid on par with other health units. They say they do the same work but get paid less.
As the public health nurses go on strike, that means that some of the Thunder Bay District Health Unit’s programs and services will be suspended or altered.
The TBDHU says that some delays in services can be expected, but the following programs and services are on hold until further notice:
- Nurse practitioner clinics
- Street Nursing
- Immunization and travel health clinics
- Breastfeeding clinics
- Prenatal classes
- Parenting sessions, workshops and events
- Healthy Babies Healthy Children program
- Flu clinics
- Some School Health programming (includes classroom presentations and curriculum support)
- Workplace Health program
- Dental hygiene clinics for low-risk children
- Take Control Smoking Cessation clinics
- Branch Office Nursing services
The Sexual Health Clinics, although operating, will be limited in capacity and you can expect service delays.