OWEN SOUND, ON, April 5 /CNW/ - Grey Bruce Health Services has cut the
jobs of seven speech language pathologists and assistants and is hoping
they will apply for new jobs at the Grey Bruce Health Unit.
The hospital has issued a memo stating that they "were not successful in
reaching a seamless transfer of the program" that helps children with
Workers received notice of layoff March 31, 2011. Their final day will
be August 31.
The Ministry of Children and Youth approved transfer of the service to
the Grey Bruce Health Unit, but made no provision for the pathologists
and their assistants.
"The lack of a transfer agreement likely stems from an attempt by the
Health Unit to take on the work without paying the existing salaries
and benefits of the displaced workers," says Warren (Smokey) Thomas,
President of the 130,000-member Ontario Public Service Employees Union.
"This is a bald-faced attempt to save money on the backs of these
Whether the workers will migrate to the Health Unit is an open question
given extreme shortages of speech language pathologists across the
province. Many may choose to take the severance from the hospital and
The union is arguing the workers should be able to transfer with their
rights intact, as have other displaced health care workers across the
"This is the health unit that can never get it right, so this is not
entirely a surprise," says Thomas. "And the gamble may backfire: If the
health unit is unable to hire, parents may lose access to speech
language pathology for their children."
The Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act (PSLRTA) was
introduced to facilitate a broad range of transfers within the health
system. The Health Unit is arguing that they are outside the definition
of a health provider and should not be subject to the legislation.
For further information:
Lois Boggs at 416-557-2853 (Cell)