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Hospital staff join Ontario-wide workplace action

April 10, 2018

ONTARIO – This Wednesday, April 11, hospital staff in Ontario facilities will join in an unprecedented tri-union coordinated workplace action to demand respect.

“It is rare for hospital staff - who because of the vital work they do have less workplace rights than other Ontario workers – to visibly protest, in this way,” said Katha Fortier, Unifor Assistant to the National President. “Along with CUPE, and SEIU Healthcare, Unifor members are hoping to make an important statement about their working rights.”

Along with thousands of other hospital nurses, personal support workers, porters, dietary and administrative and trades staff across Ontario, the unionized employees will wear a symbol of solidarity and protest sticker that says, ‘Together for Respect’.  The action is all part of a tri-union bargaining campaign that was launched by three of Ontario’s largest unions Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)/ Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), SEIU Healthcare and Unifor that represent a total of 75,000 hospital sector members.

At the end of March, the unions formed an alliance – the first of its kind – to work together and mount an escalating bargaining campaign of mobilization to push Ontario hospitals and the employer the Ontario Hospital Association to return to bargaining and treat staff with respect.

In this round of provincial bargaining with the three unions, hospitals have asked for significant concessions, refused to address the growing issue of workplace violence and offered wages below the prevailing norm.

The April 11 solidarity action is the first of several mobilization events planned for the coming weeks. On April 18, rallies will be held at hospitals across the province to demonstrate workers’ solidarity to secure a fair contract. Television and radio advertisements that highlight hospital workers’ commitment to patients and greater recognition for the contribution began airing on April 9. To learn more about the campaign visit Facebook.com/TogetherforRespect or click here.

For more information about the campaign or this workplace action please contact:

Asma Farooq, National Communications Representative at 647 327 9371 or Asma.Farooq@unifor.org