Health Unit Disappointed Striking Nurses Rejected Latest Offer

The C-E-O and chief nursing officer of the Windsor-Essex County Health Unit is expressing surprise and disappointment with the rejection of a tentative agreement by striking nurses.

Theresa Marentette says the deal was "fair" and contained an increase from management's previous offer and was more generous than what the nurses' peers receive in other jurisdictions, including Toronto and Peel Region.

The 86 nurses who are members of the Ontario Nurses Association have been on strike since March 8th.

The health unit says despite the ongoing labour dispute, management is doing everything it can to ensure that essential services are delivered to the community.

The nurses rejected the latest tentative agreement even though the union's bargaining committee recommended acceptance.

Details of the tentative agreement were not released but wages were a key issue in the dispute.