CORNWALL Hospital workers at the Cornwall Community Hospital voted overwhelmingly to choose the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) as their union in a representation vote yesterday. The vote was ordered by the Ontario Labour Board following the merger of the Hotel Dieu Hospital and the Cornwall General Hospital.
Our CUPE leaders said that we would win at the end of the day, because we really had the workers best interests at heart, said Allen Renwick, President of Local 7811 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE). CUPE will now represent service and clerical workers at both sites of the hospital in Cornwall.
We are pleased to welcome 250 new members to the CUPE family, said CUPE National Organizing Representative Andr 004camoureux, referring to the service and clerical workers at the Hotel Dieu site, formerly represented by the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU). Although CUPE was outnumbered going into the vote, the final count was 320 votes for CUPE and 66 votes for OPSEU.
Were anxious to start representing our new sisters and brothers, says Renwick. CUPE representatives were at the Hotel Dieu site of the hospital at 6:30 a.m. this morning to share the good news and greet workers as they began their first day of work as CUPE members.
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