Public health nurses protest for fair wages and negotiation

On a day full of both national and local news the public health nurses for the municipality were protesting in front of city hall. CK public health

Sporting flags of the Ontario Nurses Association and chanting slogans such as “What do we want? Fair Wage!” the nurses were out in force. There was a total of about 30 people who joined the protest and it isn’t confirmed if they are all public health nurses.

42 public health nurses are now without a contract since January 1st, 2014.

Public health nurses currently help the community by; providing support services for families, a hotline for new parents with concerns about their children, school health and sexual health services, smoking cessation programs and a multitude of other programs serving Chatham-Kent.

The group was advocating that citizens of Chatham-Kent contact their ward councillors and ask them to value the work of nurses with a contract allowing for a modest wage increase.

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