Health Unit Strike Update

Thursday May 2nd, 2019

Posted at 3:23pm

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The Windsor Essex Health County Unit is updating the public on the ongoing nurses strike.

“The Windsor-Essex Health Unit would like to take this opportunity to once again reassure the public that all immunization clinics provided by the Health Unit, including those for HPV, meningitis and hepatitis B, have not been permanently cancelled. Some services have been temporarily postponed due to the ongoing ONA labour dispute, however the Health Unit has plans in place to ensure that all those who require vaccinations will receive them once the strike concludes, ” said Theresa Marentette, CEO and Chief Nursing Officer.

They say that parents can visit their child’s healthcare provider to access publicly funded vaccinations. If you have concerns about immunizations for your child, please contact your healthcare provider or the Health Unit at 519-258-2146 to discuss alternative options.

The Health Unit  also says that they have accepted a request from the mediator appointed by the Province to attend a meeting next week with ONA.

“We are hopeful that the Health Unit and its public health nurses will come to a resolution soon and, as always, we remain ready to return to the bargaining table. To date, the Health Unit has not received any requests to meet from ONA’s bargaining unit since its membership rejected our last offer, which included an increase both to wages and benefits despite the anticipated budgetary impacts resulting from the recent Ontario provincial budget,” Marentette said.

 

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