Media Advisory: Peterborough Public Health Nurses to Hold Information Picket at Board of Health

PETERBOROUGH, ON, Nov. 14, 2018 – Following a very successful information picket held last week, Public Health Nurses working for Peterborough Health Unit will be hold a second picket this afternoon prior to the Board of Health meeting.

“Our nurses believe strongly that the community deserves to get maximum benefit of the specialized education our highly educated and skilled nurses possess,” said ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN. “Our individual public health nurses want to put their specialized skills to the best use possible to keep the people of the community safer and well.”

The nurses – members of Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) – have seen negotiations break down. The nurses will go to mediation on November 26 and the legal strike/lock-out date is November 28.

“Our nurses must be able to fulfil their roles and meet the complex health needs of residents of Curve Lake, Hiawatha First Nations and the County and City of Peterborough,” said McKenna, RN. “We know the community supports our hard-working, dedicated nurses. We remain optimistic that the Board of Health will begin to understand the need for a respectful contract that enables our members to do the work they are so qualified to do and so passionate about.”

ONA is the union representing more than 65,000 registered 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, clinics and industry.

WHAT: Information Picket by Public Health Nurses

WHEN: 4:00 pm, November 14, 2018

WHERE: Board of Health, 185 King Street, Peterborough, ON

Visit us at: www.ona.org; Facebook.com/OntarioNurses; www.Twitter.com/OntarioNurses

SOURCE Ontario Nurses Association

For further information: Sheree Bond, [email protected], 416-964-1979 ext. 2430, 416-986-8240 (cell); Ruth Featherstone, [email protected], 416-964-1979, ext. 2267

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