Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) will continue to provide service to the community while a strike by staff members represented by the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA) is under way. During the strike, CCAC patients will continue to receive care from nurses, personal support workers and therapists, at home and in community clinics.
ONA represents 260 CCAC employees --care coordinators and nurses. The remaining 193 CCAC staff members will be re-deployed to support patient care during the labour disruption.
ONA and ten CCACs have been negotiating since the end of the current contract in April. "The CCAC reached a settlement with CUPE," said CEO Dale Clement, "and we remain committed to reaching a negotiated settlement with ONA. We are fully supportive of the collective bargaining process and eager to get back to the table." ONA-represented staff members in nine of the ten CCACs are on strike. ONA staff members in Hamilton Niagara Haldimand Brant CCAC have reached an agreement.
In the meantime, the CCAC has a detailed strike plan in place. "The safety and wellbeing of patients is our top priority, and continuity of care is essential," Clement said. "The CCAC is committed to continuing to work closely with hospitals and other partners to maintain patient flow. While we recognize how important the contributions of our ONA members are, we are working with our partners to meet the needs of our community during this disruption."
Updates on the strike will be posted at wwccac.org. Current patients with questions or concerns should call the number given to them by the CCAC, or 310‑CCAC. New clients or members of the public can reach the CCAC at 310‑CCAC.
More Information: Hannele Kivinen, Communications Specialist
Partnerships & Performance
Tel: 888 883 3313 extension 5444