TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - Frontline hospital staff took to the
streets today to protest threats by hospital CEOs represented by the
Ontario Hospital Association of payback if Tim Hudak's Conservatives
win power in Ontario.
"Hospital CEOs are engaging in nakedly partisan and reprehensible
behaviour on the eve of the election. We are not going to stand for
this," said Sharleen Stewart, president of the Service Employees
International Local 1 Canada.
The Ontario Hospital Association - which represents CEOs - has told
staff representatives to drop a campaign for a cap on CEO pay and
demands for job security, or face layoffs if Hudak is elected.
The OHA is in bargaining for a new contract with SEIU on behalf of about
17,000 hospital workers, including registered practical nurses, medical
aides, and infection control staff. The main outstanding issue is job
The OHA is insisting frontline staff drop demands for job security and
accept a two year wage freeze, at a time when hospital CEOs are
pocketing double digit increases in their compensation. The association
gave the hospital workers' union a deadline of today to voluntarily
agree to concessions or face dire consequences if Hudak was elected.
Right on cue, the Conservative leader said on the campaign trail today
that he would look at a mandatory wage freeze for nurses and teachers
"The bonuses these CEOs are pocketing are outrageous. We are not going
to be intimidated, we are going to stand up and fight for fairness for
our members," said Sharleen Stewart, head of SEIU.
The protest began at 11am outside the OHA offices at 200 Front Street
West Toronto, Ontario, M5V 3L1.
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