TORONTO, July 20, 2012 /CNW/ - The CAW is expressing anger at the
Ontario government for interfering in collective bargaining with a
for-profit corporation, after negotiations abruptly ended with long
term care provider Extendicare.
"We don't agree with arbitrary government interference in free
collective bargaining in any case. Given that Extendicare is an
extremely profitable private sector corporation, this intrusion by the
provincial government is beyond the pale," said CAW President Ken
Negotiations with Extendicare opened in mid-June and had continued into
July. Talks were sharply halted after a dictate issued by the Ontario
government that broader public sector employers (which in some cases
include for-profit firms) must have all forms of compensation frozen in
"Long term care workers, are predominantly women and work long hours,
doing strenuous work, taking care of our elderly loved ones," said
Lewenza. "It is deplorable that the provincial government would devalue
this important work to such a degree. It is especially galling when the
for-profit corporation employing them can well afford to compensate
their work fairly."
"The CAW takes great pride in bargaining collective agreements in health
care and the government has jeopardized the bargaining process here,"
The union will be going to arbitration with Extendicare in September,
with the expectation that a contract will be awarded by the end of
The CAW represents 1,200 full and part-time Extendicare workers at 10
homes. The communities affected are Sault Ste. Marie (CAW Local 1120),
Ottawa (CAW Local 830), Kingston (CAW Local 830), Oakville (CAW Local
504), Windsor (CAW Local 2458), Port Stanley (CAW Local 302), and
London (CAW Local 302).
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers Union (CAW)
For further information:
CAW National Representative Robert Buchanan, cell, 519-673-7276 or Assistant to the CAW President Deb Tveit, cell, 519-673-2656.