Nurses' union and Sudbury health unit at impasse, headed to conciliation
The Ontario Nurses Association and Sudbury and District Health Unit are headed to conciliation talks. (Claude Shama/CTV Northern Ontario)
Published Thursday, April 20, 2017 12:09PM EDT
Last Updated Thursday, April 20, 2017 5:06PM EDT
The union representing nurses at a Sudbury health unit is deadlocked with management.
The Ontario Nurses Association said more than 100 of its members are at an impasse in labour negotiations with the Sudbury and District Health Unit.
After three days of failed negotiations, the union said nurses and nurse practitioners are headed for conciliation talks, starting Friday.
“These are, these are modest improvements in their collective agreement that is all they are looking for,” said Vicki McKenna, Ontario Nurses Association vice president.
“We hope the employer comes to the table serious tomorrow i'm prepared to sit down and negotiate and get this deal done.”
The union said it's disappointed at not reaching a negotiated settlement. It added if it has to go on strike, a strike would affect almost 200,000 people now serviced by the nurses of the health unit.
“There will always be discussions around wages.” said France Quirion, Sudbury and District Health Unit director.
“That's usually a priority for our union counterparts and there will be other areas where we may be looking at benefits, language in the contract.”