Human and economic costs of hospital laundry layoffs far outweigh pittance Sudbury hospital says it’s cutting from budget

SUDBURY, ON — Health Sciences North (HSN) is rationalizing “an unpopular decision” to export the jobs of 40 local hospital laundry workers out of Sudbury by “suggesting it is cheaper” to ship its dirty linen to southern Ontario for cleaning, says Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) president Michael Hurley.   “Even if we accept the…

8 years of provincial budget cuts have left Hamilton hospitals overcrowded, without capacity to deal with patient surges

HAMILTON, ON — Hamilton hospitals are having difficulty coping with a surge in patients, “a sadly predictable outcome of 8 years of provincial Liberal (real) budget cuts to our hospitals,” says Dave Murphy, president of Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 7800, which represents over 4,000 staff at Hamilton Health Science Centre. “In Ontario, we…

“Why is your government laying us off Mr. Thibeault?”

Laid off hospital laundry workers will ask at Wednesday 4 p.m. Sudbury rally SUDBURY, ON — With Sudbury’s unemployment rate high, laid off hospital laundry workers are asking Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault “why his government is laying them off and moving their jobs to Hamilton” at a rally Wednesday November 2, 2016 at 4 p.m.…

1000 hospital staff travel great distances to Kingston rally for end to funding freeze choking Ontario hospitals

Kingston, ON — 1,000 hospital staff from across Ontario will rally on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at Kingston General Hospital (KGH) calling for an end to Ontario’s underfunding of hospital care. Ontario has fallen far behind other provinces on hospital spending since the Liberals were elected provincially in 2003. The province has been cutting hospital…

Laid off hospital laundry staff face of Sudbury’s high unemployment, appeal to MPP to “keep jobs local”

SUDBURY, ON — With stubbornly high unemployment, Sudbury can’t afford any more job loss, say laid off Sudbury Hospital Services laundry workers. Following a brief meeting with Sudbury MPP Glenn Thibeault at a downtown coffee shop last weekend, the hospital laundry staff renewed their appeal for him to intervene and keep jobs local. They will…

Oxford County public health workers urge management to bargain and avert a service disruption as early as this Friday, October 28

WOODSTOCK, Ont. – As mediation talks between Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 1146, representing 33 public health workers and Oxford County begin on Tuesday, the union is urging management to return to the bargaining table with the full intention of bargaining and avoiding a service disruption that could start as early as Friday, October…

Freeze Sudbury hospital laundry contract until investigation clears up questions about the integrity of murky process

SUDBURY, ON — With increasing scrutiny on the outcome of shared hospital services, questions are being raised about the “integrity of the process” used in awarding the hospital laundry contract to an out-of-Sudbury provider. Aside from what Health Sciences North (HSN) has publicly said about the new contract, there is “very little disclosure about the ‘request…

OPEN LETTER TO ONTARIO HEALTH MINISTER, ERIC HOSKINS: Response to W5 regarding paramedic certification and oversight

Dear Minister, As you are aware, Ontario paramedics are among the best trained, if not the best trained emergency first responders in the country. Each day paramedics across our province save many lives. It is highly unfortunate that a recent segment of CTV-W5 leaves viewers with a different impression, specifically that calling 911 is akin…

Nothing to crow about when 36 Sudbury hospital laundry staff lose their jobs, casualties of provincial budget cuts

Sudbury, ON — Sudbury Hospital Services laundry staff who today received layoff notices say there is nothing for local hospital officials to crow about publicly, when 36 mostly female staff are losing their jobs.   Last week in the local media, senior hospital staff “patted themselves on the back for doing the provincial government’s bidding…