Ontario nurses want pay parity with police, firefighters amid pandemic staffing crunch

Ontario nurses want pay parity with police, firefighters amid pandemic staffing crunch

Ontario nurses want pay parity with police, firefighters amid pandemic staffing crunch Omicron revealing long-existing problems in their profession, nurses say Nurses in Ontario say the latest wave of COVID-19 infections has revealed long-standing problems in the profession that need to be addressed, including better pay. "They are highly educated individuals and they want to be respected," said Cathryn Hoy, the president of the Ontario Nurses Association (ONA). For her, there are two parts to the compensation issue. As the Omicron variant leaves hospitals struggling with a surge in COVID-19 patients and health-care workers, including nurses, are getting sick and suffering burnout, Hoy said one of the ways to to bring in more nurses and to retain them is to have pay parity with other essential workers like firefighters and …
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