In a show of solidarity, United Nurses of Alberta’s Executive Board has voted to contribute $10,000 to support striking public health nurses in Thunder Bay, Ontario.
The 58 members of the Ontario Nurses' Association employed by the Thunder Bay District Health Unit have been on strike since October 16, 2018.
After working without a contract for close to two years, the nurses voted to reject their employer's final offer that would have kept them as the lowest-paid public health nurses in Ontario.
“Public health is an essential part of the health care system across Canada, and UNA strongly supports these Thunder Bay nurses in their struggle to be fairly compensated for this important work on behalf of patients and their families,” said UNA President Heather Smith.
UNA members are encouraged to send an online message to the Thunder Bay District Board of Health, asking this employer to come back to the table to negotiate a fair collective agreement with nurses.