WINDSOR-ESSEX COUNTY, ON, March 8, 2019 /CNW/ – More than 80 Nurse Practitioners, Public Health Nurses and Registered Practical Nurses who provide a wide range of services to close to 500,000 Windsor-Essex County residents are marking International Women’s Day on the picket lines. The nurses were forced out on strike after mediation failed to result in a new collective agreement.
“It is beyond ironic that a day meant to celebrate the contributions of women around the world has our highly educated, dedicated public health nurses walking the picket line, fighting for respect from their employer,” said ONA President Vicki McKenna, RN.
“Our members provide such value to the community – a large population with a high number of vulnerable people, recent refugees, newborns and seniors. They work to keep the community healthy, and monitor and control outbreaks of sexually transmitted infections and infectious diseases, such as measles and mumps.”