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“Don’t cut our wages”, female dominated hospital workforce tell Ontario Premier as contract talks for 70,000 of them begin next week

With commitment, skill and much personal sacrifice Ontario’s hospital workers have delivered for patients, province-wide throughout a crushing and long COVID 19 pandemic. Now 70,000 registered practical nurses, personal support workers, ward clerks, cleaners and other front-line hospital staff who are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees – Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) and SEIU Healthcare begin central negotiations on June 21.

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Trauma, turmoil experienced by central-Southwestern Ontario RPNs focus of poll

Today several RPNs working at central-southwestern Ontario hospitals spoke openly about their pandemic experiences. Their personal stories of emotional and physical exhaustion, anguish over adequate patient care and stress during the COVID-19 pandemic are also reflected in the findings of an OCHU/CUPE poll of 200 Guelph and Stratford hospital RPNs.

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With LTC Commission COVID-19 findings, CUPE calls for immediate creation of full-time jobs, application of precautionary principle by PC government

The clear recommendations from Ontario’s Long-Term Care Commission for the creation of more full-time jobs and, on the application of the precautionary principle in health care settings, require that the provincial government and the medical officer of health act immediately to prevent more COVID-19 deaths and LTC resident harm, says the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE).

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Years of systemic ageism in health policies contributed to more than 280 Ottawa long-term care residents dying of COVID-19; Ontario human rights inquiry needed

Years of systemic ageism in Ontario’s health system that treats the elderly as though their right to care is lesser than others contributed to more than 280 Ottawa long-term care residents dying from COVID-19 in the last year, say advocates who yesterday asked the Human Rights Commission for a ground-breaking probe.

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Torontonians reject the exploitation of PSWs and nurses

A poll of 800 Torontonians conducted at the end of February found strong disapproval for contracted-out patient care at University Health Network’s (UHN) Hillcrest Reactivation Centre, where care staff are paid poorly and believe that the hospital is using them as “exploited” labour.

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