Negotiations in nursing homes have broken down, according to the Ontario Nurses' Association


TORONTO, April 19, 2024 /CNW/ – Collective bargaining for registered nurses (RNs) and health care professionals with the province's for-profit nursing homes has collapsed after just three days of planned negotiations without an agreement being reached, the Ontario Nurses' Association says ( AT ONE).

“There are no words to express my outrage at these private, for-profit nursing home chains who come to the bargaining table with such breathtaking disrespect for our members and the work they do,” says the ONA provincial president Erin Ariss, RN. “How dare these nursing home chains prioritize maximizing their profits at the expense and complete disregard of the need to provide quality care to their residents?”

Ariss says the system is currently facing disaster and that these chains are showing complete disrespect for their workers. “Ontarians should be very concerned about the health and safety of long-term care residents and caregivers,” she added.

Just this week, a report obtained by The Canadian Press showed the Ford government is unlikely to be able to meet its own targets for direct care for residents of long-term care facilities due to severe nursing shortages.

“If we want to begin retaining and employing enough nurses and healthcare professionals in long-term care, companies will need to redirect some of their significant profits into providing wages comparable to those in other healthcare sectors,” Ariss says. “ONA has made it clear: residents deserve excellent care and the way to achieve this is through staffing ratios and equal pay. Insulting the staff who go above and beyond for their residents will only result in more workers leaving these homes.”

Ariss says: “ONA will not tolerate disrespect for these chains. We have taken to the streets to protest and educate Ontarians, and there is much more to come. We will not allow our residents and members to continue to be victims of corporate greed and the outdated mentality of these corporations that continue to line their pockets at the expense of everyone else.”

ONA is the union representing more than 68,000 registered nurses and health care professionals and 18,000 nursing student associations, providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, community, clinics and industry.

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SOURCE Ontario Nurses' Association