Hundreds of home healthcare workers across London walked off the job Jan. 30 as Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) members voted in favour of strike action.
Local nurses, therapists and social workers are among the almost 3,000 workers in nine Community Care Access Centres (CCAC) across Ontario.
The vote to strike came after workers rejected a contract offered Jan. 29, they have been without a contract since March 31, 2014.
Bargaining Units say members are asking for a small wage increase, equal to those given to other members of ONA, which include 57,000 workers in the hospital, public health and long-term care sectors.
“The offer that ONA members have been asked to consider is consistent with the settlements that have been reached with other CCAC union partners in recent negotiations,” said Adria Appledoorn, communications manager with South West CCAC in a release. “Should ONA leaders decide to return to the bargaining table, the CCACs are prepared to meet them there.”
Non-union staff members who are regulated health care professionals will coordinate care for patients while all other non-union staff members have been trained to support patient services during this labour disruption. CUPE staff members will be also reporting to work. Detailed communications and partnerships are in place with our health system partners
South West CCAC was one of the nine bargaining units who voted to strike, while Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant workers are the only unit to remain on the job.
Collective bargaining has been ongoing since spring 2014.
CCACs affected by ONA’s strike action include:
- Central CCAC
- Central East CCAC
- Erie St. Clair CCAC
- North East CCAC
- North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC
- North West CCAC
- South East CCAC
- South West CCAC
- Waterloo Wellington CCAC