TORONTO, February 15, 2015 – Talks resumed Saturday, February 14th between the CCACs and the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) with a mediator from the Ministry of Labour, to resolve the strike and get the ONA-represented employees in nine CCACs across the province back to work.
The CCACs and ONA reached an agreement to participate in interest arbitration to settle the outstanding issue regarding wages. In the meantime, ONA-represented employees will begin returning to their workplaces on Tuesday, February 17th.
"We are very pleased that we will be able to resume our full range of care to patients," says Megan Allen-Lamb, provincial CCAC spokesperson, and CEO of North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC. "We thank our patients, and health care partners in the home, community, long-term care and hospital sectors for their patience and support through this time. We look forward to having our employees return to CCACs to resume their important work in providing care to patients."
This agreement will bring to an end to the 16 days of labour disruption that affected nine of Ontario's 14 CCACs.
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Director, Strategic Engagement, OACCAC
Ontario's 14 CCACs get people the care they need in their homes and communities across the province, serving 700,000 people across the province last year. Funded by the provincial government through Local Health Integration Networks, CCACs provide a single point of access to a wide range of home and community services, enabling people to get the specialized blend of health care services they need, when they need it.