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ALMONTE The Ontario Liberal government plans to make profound changes to the delivery of health care services, and hospital workers who belong to the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE), will be covered by superior job security protections negotiated in their new contract during this period of restructuring, says Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE).

Hurley will be the guest speaker at a dinner in Almonte on Wednesday, March 16, attended by CUPE and OPSEU members. He will speak about the new CUPE hospital contract recently negotiated with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA), and its implications on long-term care facilities being transferred to hospitals.

In this round of bargaining, CUPE focused on strengthening existing job security clauses and enhancing hospital workers bumping rights.

As the Ontario government moves to realign health services, hospital and long-term care workers, who are vital in providing quality patient care, deserve a measure of job stability and protection during what may be a period of unprecedented change and instability. Hospital staff represented by CUPE will get the benefit of these newly negotiated collective agreement protections, says Michael Hurley, the president of OCHU/CUPE.

CUPE represents more than 32,000 hospital service employees in Ontario and bargains centrally on their behalf with the OHA. The tentative settlement, with key gains to job security, further strengthens existing CUPE collective agreement protections, which set the standard in Ontarios hospital sector.

  • WHO:
    Michael Hurley, President OCHU Guest speaker at hospital dinner

  • WHAT:
    Briefing on hospital restructuring and new CUPE collective agreement

  • WHERE:
    Legion Hall, 100 Bridge Street, Almonte, Ontario

  • WHEN:
    Wednesday, March 16 at 6:00 p.m.


For more information, please contact:
Michael Hurley, President, OCHU - (416) 884-0770
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications - (416) 578-8774