A hospital worker holds a colourful paper sign that reads "Respect Us; Protect Us; Pay Us" at an outdoor rally.

The hospital workers are asking for respect and better pandemic protections – safety measures, which will also benefit patients. In addition to getting Bill 124 repealed, they want the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) the umbrella group for hospital employers, to take several concessions, including language around seniority and retirement packages, off the table.

In July, workers rallied at hospitals throughout Ontario’s northwest, northeast and southeast. Many similar rally actions are scheduled across the province through the end of August.

CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) and SEIU Healthcare began bargaining with the OHA last month and will return to the table in early September.

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