More than 50 workers at CCAC on Strike

More than 50 workers at CCAC on Strike

More than 50 workers at the North East Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) in North Bay are on strike. According to reports, the workers are calling for a wage increase that equal to that of their counterparts in the health care system.

According to Jennifer Hunt, strike coordinator with the Local 12 of the Ontario Nurses Association, since March 31, 2014 nurses at the community care access centre have been without a contract. They have also not seen an increase in the wages during the last three years.

Hunt said that workers are looking for the same respect as nurses in hospitals, public health and long-term care. The 60 workers who are on strike in North Bay are among about 300 union members at the North East Community Care Access Centre. These union members works for communities all over the region and is headquartered in Sudbury.

Workers at community care access centre are the link between the health care system and home care. According to the North East CCAC, new patients that coming onto care are going to face delays. But CCAC is working with their health care partners to reduce this as soon as possible. Patients with urgent needs are going to be given priority.

"We remain committed to reaching a fair and reasonable agreement with our ONA employees, but want to make sure that patients and their families have the necessary information during the strike", said the North East CCAC on its website.

According to the agency, in-home personal support, nursing care, and therapy services will carry on to be provided in accordance with individualized patient care plans. It is informed that those who are waiting for an offer from a long-term care home are going to be soon contacted as an appropriate placement becomes available.

The agency also informed that visits for patients that supported by specialized nursing programs will be delayed until the finish of the strike.

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