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Public Health nurses strike enters fifth week 

A strike involving public health nurses is now in its fifth week. 

Several Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health programs remain closed. 

The striking workers are part of the Ontario Nurses Association Local 31. Two Bancroft-based Public Health employees are part of the group.   

The strike began on Aug. 21, after members voted to reject a contract offer by Hastings & Prince Edward Public Health. The union has been bargaining for better wages. 

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The health unit is updating the public about cancelled programs through its website.   

ONA officials say it’s unclear when talks may resume. In the meantime, nurses are staging pickets at various locations throughout Hastings & Prince Edward counties.  

A message was left with a Public Health official but has not yet been returned.  

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