Community Care Access Centre Staff Return To Work Tuesday

Sunday February 15th, 2015

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CCAC members walk the picked line on January 30th.

More than 3,000 CCAC registered nurses and health professionals will return to work on Tuesday.   The ongoing labour dispute with nine CCAC employers will now be sent to arbitration.

“During this strike, there has been a colossal waste of health care dollars as the employer spent taxpayers’ money foolishly on catered meals for management, overtime, strike-breaking security firms and high-priced lawyers, and who knows what else – with complete disregard for the public purse,” said Ontario Nurses’ Association  President Linda Haslam-Stoud, RN.

“We always believed that our offer of several months ago to go to interest arbitration was fair and reasonable and best for our patients that we serve. Unfortunately, it took our members’ resolve when forced out on to the picket lines to bring the government and employers to their senses.”

Dr. Eric Hoskins, Minister of Health and Long-Term Care is also pleased that striking health care providers represented by the Ontario Nurses’ Association will return to work on Tuesday.

“We are committed to improving the experience of patients and their families and ensuring access to high-quality home and community care right across the province. We value the hard work of thousands of dedicated nurses and health-care professionals who provide such excellent care to those individuals, said Hoskins.  “A strong system depends on these dedicated professionals and the valuable contribution they make to the health and well-being of the most vulnerable people in the province. They are essential to continuing the transformation of home and community care in Ontario. We cannot do this without them.”

Those who have been walking the picket line since January 30th include Care Coordinators, Direct Care Nurse Practitioners, Rapid Response Registered Nurses, Registered Practical Nurses and allied health professionals who provide care through Community Care Access Centres across Ontario.

Besides Windsor (Erie St. Clair), picket lines are also up in North East, North West, Central East, Central, North Simcoe Muskoka, Waterloo Wellington, South East, and  South West.

 

 

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