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Ontario Nurses' Association Canada’s largest nurses’ union. Stay in the fight. And fight like a nurse. Constructive, respectful, and relevant discussion is encouraged.

Founded in 1973, the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) is the trade union that represents 68,000 registered nurses and health-care professionals and 18,000 nursing students providing care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, public health, the community, clinics and industry. This page is a space for members and the public to learn more about ONA, our work and advocacy. ONA is not responsible

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For decades nurses and health-care professionals have fought and advocated for universal pharmacare. We are now one step...
27/02/2024

For decades nurses and health-care professionals have fought and advocated for universal pharmacare. We are now one step closer to that goal!

Read the full story by following this link, then clicking on this story: https://sprout.link/ontario.nurses/

As we celebrate Black History/Black Futures month, here are some of the photos from ONA's participation in the 2023   al...
26/02/2024

As we celebrate Black History/Black Futures month, here are some of the photos from ONA's participation in the 2023 alongside the !

If you'd be interested in joining ONA's group for Toronto Carnival in 2024, please email your interest to [email protected].

More than 130 nurses, ONA members who provide a wide range of public health services to the residents of Burlington, Hal...
26/02/2024

More than 130 nurses, ONA members who provide a wide range of public health services to the residents of Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville, are heading into conciliation talks tomorrow, trying to negotiate a fair and respectful new collective agreement.



Read our full release at https://www.ona.org/news-posts/20240226-halton-public-health-conciliation/.

Nurses and health-care professionals fight for what Ontario needs. FordNation's 2024 budget must prioritize health staff...
26/02/2024

Nurses and health-care professionals fight for what Ontario needs. FordNation's 2024 budget must prioritize health staffing – before it's too late.

Read our full submission here:https://www.ona.org/wp-content/uploads/ona_govtsub_2024prebudgetsubmission_20240130.pdf

ONA Provincial President Erin Ariss and First Vice-President Angela Preocanin celebrate the win to repeal Bill 124 after...
25/02/2024

ONA Provincial President Erin Ariss and First Vice-President Angela Preocanin celebrate the win to repeal Bill 124 after an almost five-year fight and discuss changes to bargaining to ensure it is more transparent and open on this final episode of ONA's Telling Ontarians the Truth podcast.

You can listen in wherever you get your podcasts, or on the ONA site: https://www.ona.org/about-ona/podcast/

And though this is the final episode in this format, new and exciting things are in the works for our communications, so stay tuned!

“The government has proven time and time again that they have to be forced to do the right thing.”On February 12, Doug F...
24/02/2024

“The government has proven time and time again that they have to be forced to do the right thing.”

On February 12, Doug Ford’s Bill 124 was ruled unconstitutional, the second time the Ontario courts have rejected this legislation. The decision is a ringing victory for the nurses and other public sector workers whose wages were punitively suppressed for three years.

Bill 124 was misguided and mean-spirited from the beginning and is a direct cause of the nursing shortage that continues to devastate our public health-care system.

This is not the first time the Ford government has had to back down from wrongful actions. When a government repeatedly fails to hold itself accountable…others have to do it for them.

If you’re a nurse or health-care professional working in a hospital represented by ONA, what are YOUR priorities for you...
24/02/2024

If you’re a nurse or health-care professional working in a hospital represented by ONA, what are YOUR priorities for your next contract? We need to hear from you!

Have your say. Complete our confidential survey.
https://www.ona.org/haveyoursay

Not sure there's a better way to show how  views Ontario's health care system than this:Publicly-funded operating rooms ...
23/02/2024

Not sure there's a better way to show how views Ontario's health care system than this:

Publicly-funded operating rooms are empty and being used for storage while Ford instead pumps public funds into private, for-profit clinics🤦‍♀️

To read more, follow this link, then click on this story: https://sprout.link/ontario.nurses/

You spoke and we listened. Now it's time for participating nursing homes members to vote on your bargaining demands. Joi...
23/02/2024

You spoke and we listened. Now it's time for participating nursing homes members to vote on your bargaining demands.

Join us on March 7, from 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. or 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., to hear amended collective agreement language developed from your demands, ask your questions and vote.

Learn more and find links to register online at https://www.ona.org/news-posts/nh-bargaining-demands-vote/.

Registration closes March 5.

We hope to see you there!

“Premier Ford is laying out the red carpet for a private, multinational corporation to make off with profits from a bloo...
22/02/2024

“Premier Ford is laying out the red carpet for a private, multinational corporation to make off with profits from a blood and plasma supply that our patients rely on. The evidence is clear from other jurisdictions: for-profit blood and plasma collection erodes the voluntary donor base and exploits the vulnerable. This scheme will put a safe blood supply at risk in Ontario.” - Erin Ariss, RN & ONA Provincial President

ONA strongly condemns the FordNation government’s latest scheme to introduce profit into health care by violating the Voluntary Blood Donations Act, the law that bans donor payments and forbids profiting from the sale of blood and plasma donations. This act was passed to help ensure the blood supply remains safe, following the Krever Commission’s review of the tainted blood scandal.

Read our full release: https://www.ona.org/news-posts/20240222-statement-for-profit-blood-plasma/

REMINDER - Join the conversation on decent work.Our allies at the Decent Work & Health Network are hosting a forum on he...
22/02/2024

REMINDER - Join the conversation on decent work.

Our allies at the Decent Work & Health Network are hosting a forum on health-care privatization and they are inviting ONA members to share your experiences and perspectives. Register at https://www.decentworkandhealth.org/forum.

Attend the forum to build solidarity with union and non-union nurses, health-care professionals and personal support workers. If you want to become part of a growing network of ONA members who are getting involved in the network, email [email protected].

As part of Black History/Black Futures Month celebrations, there are a number of opportunities to learn more about and c...
21/02/2024

As part of Black History/Black Futures Month celebrations, there are a number of opportunities to learn more about and celebrate art from the Black community. You can find more details and links under the Events heading on the page of the ONA site:
https://www.ona.org/news-posts/black-history-black-futures-month/

And our thanks to local artist Alexis Eke for creating this unique piece of art for ONA in honour of !

“Nobody is more than or less than—we all deserve the same representation. We all have the same voice at the table. So, a...
21/02/2024

“Nobody is more than or less than—we all deserve the same representation. We all have the same voice at the table. So, although I'm not a nurse, my vice president in the bargaining unit is a nurse. We work well together. Whenever there are nursing issues that come up, I'm always talking to her. I always say to members, read a few articles of your collective agreement and not just the back page about wages. Because it’s not always about what you get paid. It’s about some of the other stuff, too. And members will tell me, ‘Oh my gosh, I read article 17 and I didn't know that!’ I'm thinking, ‘Yeah. Exactly. Now, go and tell your friend to read article 17.’ That’s how we become more involved.” – Dawn

How did you learn more about your rights? How do you share that information with others? Add your thoughts to the conversation: https://fightlocal.ona.org/reach-out/

This Globe and Mail investigation exposes one private nursing agency's shocking profits and questionable expenses. These...
20/02/2024

This Globe and Mail investigation exposes one private nursing agency's shocking profits and questionable expenses. These companies profit handsomely from taxpayer dollars intended for public health care, not the pockets of unscrupulous profiteers.

Read more by following this link, then clicking on this story: https://sprout.link/ontario.nurses/

Attention ONA hospital members! Bargaining is right around the corner, and we need to know YOUR priorities for your next...
19/02/2024

Attention ONA hospital members! Bargaining is right around the corner, and we need to know YOUR priorities for your next contract.

Take the confidential survey today. Have your say!
https://www.ona.org/haveyoursay

As we celebrate Black History/Black Futures month, here are some of the photos from ONA's participation in the 2023   al...
17/02/2024

As we celebrate Black History/Black Futures month, here are some of the photos from ONA's participation in the 2023 alongside the !

The Carnival was first gifted to Canada by the Caribbean community during Canada’s centennial celebrations. While some might see only costumes, Carnival is rooted in historical rebellion. This Caribbean tradition of parading through the street was linked to the celebration of freedom and emancipation from slavery and in Toronto is celebrated on what has been recognized by the Canadian government as Emancipation Day weekend.

If you'd be interested in joining ONA's group for Toronto Carnival in 2024, please email your interest to [email protected].

Join the conversation on decent work.Our allies at the Decent Work & Health Network are hosting a forum on health-care p...
16/02/2024

Join the conversation on decent work.

Our allies at the Decent Work & Health Network are hosting a forum on health-care privatization and they are inviting ONA members to share your experiences and perspectives. Register at https://www.decentworkandhealth.org/forum.

Attend the forum to build solidarity with union and non-union nurses, health-care professionals and personal support workers. If you want to become part of a growing network of ONA members who are getting involved in the network, email [email protected].

“I give out my phone number to everybody. They may never call me. But it’s just so that they know that there's somebody ...
15/02/2024

“I give out my phone number to everybody. They may never call me. But it’s just so that they know that there's somebody out there who has many years of experience in health care, but who goes home crying at night sometimes. And still has anger, and still has joy. I get fulfillment from my job, but I may dislike it at the same time. And I want other members to know that’s okay.” –Annie

Have something to say? We want to hear it. Add your voice to the movement: https://fightlocal.ona.org/reach-out/

"This sham of a bill has severely impacted access to and quality of care for Ontarians since 2019," said Ontario Nurses'...
14/02/2024

"This sham of a bill has severely impacted access to and quality of care for Ontarians since 2019," said Ontario Nurses' Association provincial president Erin Ariss.

"The trauma inflicted on nurses and health care professionals because of Bill 124 has driven tens of thousands of us out of the health care system and away from the work that we love."

Read the full story by following this link, then select the story: https://sprout.link/ontario.nurses/

It's Valentine's Day. Nurses and health-care professionals love fiercely - we care for our patients and our public healt...
14/02/2024

It's Valentine's Day. Nurses and health-care professionals love fiercely - we care for our patients and our public health care. If governments and employers truly cared, what would they do differently? Share your thoughts in the comments ⬇️

13/02/2024

Yesterday, ONA Provincial President Erin Ariss joined the leader of the Official Opposition and labour allies at Queen’s Park for a media conference responding to the decision from the Ontario Court of Appeals confirming that Bill 124 is unconstitutional.

Later that day, the government confirmed that they will repeal Bill 124 – a huge win for ONA members and public sector workers across Ontario.

Though Black History/Black Futures Month is a time for celebration, it's also a good time to check in on mental health. ...
13/02/2024

Though Black History/Black Futures Month is a time for celebration, it's also a good time to check in on mental health. The following article from Canadian Mental Health Association, Ontario both celebrates mental health advocates from the Black community, and provides some resources for anyone looking for support.

Learn more:

This Black History Month, we honour the work of Black Canadians, past and present, to the field of mental health in Canada.

ONA President Erin Ariss, RN, joined the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), CUPE Ontario, Ontario Public Service Employ...
12/02/2024

ONA President Erin Ariss, RN, joined the Ontario Federation of Labour (OFL), CUPE Ontario, Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) and the Ontario NDP today, at a media conference reacting to news that Ford has lost his Bill 124 appeal.

“This sham of a bill should never have been passed. With the loss of the government’s appeal of an earlier ruling, it’s clear that Doug Ford should begin to listen to the real front-line nurses and health-care professionals providing care in this province,” says Ariss.

“Since Doug Ford took office in 2018, the number of nurses leaving the system has increased every year,” she says. “For every 10 nurses this government says have been hired, six have left.”

WE WILL continue to fight.

Ontario’s front-line registered nurses and health-care professionals are celebrating another decision by the courts, a d...
12/02/2024

Ontario’s front-line registered nurses and health-care professionals are celebrating another decision by the courts, a decision released that is clear: Bill 124, wage-suppression legislation passed by the FordNation government in 2019, is unconstitutional.

Read our full release: https://www.ona.org/news-posts/20240212-bill-124-appeal-victory/

11/02/2024

Maureen talks truth about how Ontarians who support private health care might not be able to afford it.

Hear more nurses talk truth about the state of Ontario's health-care system: https://nursestalktruth.ca/

“We are patient advocates, and stand with the community in decrying this rash, dangerous direction,” says ONA Provincial...
11/02/2024

“We are patient advocates, and stand with the community in decrying this rash, dangerous direction,” says ONA Provincial President Erin Ariss, RN.

Nurses and health-care professionals vow to fight for the full retention of services at Muskoka Algonquin Healthcare Centre.

Read the full story by following this link, then clicking the story: https://sprout.link/ontario.nurses/

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) welcomes the commitment of the federal government to provide funding in a new heal...
09/02/2024

The Ontario Nurses’ Association (ONA) welcomes the commitment of the federal government to provide funding in a new health-care agreement for this province, and adds that ONA has no faith that the Ford government will direct the funds to where they are most needed – to invest in the public system, not the for-profit, private corporations.

Read our full release: https://www.ona.org/news-posts/20240209-federal-funding/

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