TORONTO, January 20, 2015 –Ontario's Community Care Access Centres (CCACs) are optimistic they can reach negotiated collective agreements with the Ontario Nurses' Association (ONA) despite an impasse in talks over the weekend. The union represents employees in 10 CCACs across the province, primarily care coordinators and nurses. ONA's position on monetary issues has not changed since talks began in the spring of 2014.
The CCACs have been engaged in collective bargaining since spring 2014, and have already reached collective agreements with OPSEU and CUPE, who represent care coordinators, nurses, therapists, technical, administrative and clerical employees. Those settlements included a combination of wage increases and lump sums for three-and four-year terms, respectively.
"We value and respect all our employees, and are ready to return to the bargaining table at any time to negotiate a settlement," says provincial spokesperson Megan Allen-Lamb, CEO of North Simcoe Muskoka CCAC.
"Ontario's CCACs are committed to the collective bargaining process and remain optimistic that we can reach negotiated agreements with ONA that are fair and reasonable to employees and consistent with our responsibility to provide high-quality service with the prudent use of public funds," says Allen-Lamb.
As always, CCACs are committed to meeting the needs of their patients across the province. In the event of a labour disruption, the safety and wellbeing of patients will remain top priority, and CCACs will continue to provide home care services such as personal support, nursing, and therapy services.
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.
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John Priddle Director, Strategic Engagement, OACCAC