TORONTO, Sept. 30, 2011 /CNW/ - The following statement was issued today
by the Ontario Hospital Association:
"The Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) was surprised and disappointed
to see a media release issued earlier today by the Service Employees
International Union (SEIU) about the status of our negotiations, and
statements they claim were made by OHA representatives.
The statements attributed to OHA staff by SEIU were not in fact made.
The contents of the media release, including various claims made by Ms.
Stewart, are completely and utterly untrue, irresponsible, damaging to
the relationship between our two organizations, and in bad faith.
With respect to the substantive bargaining issues mentioned in SEIU's
media release, specifically, salaries and benefits, the OHA's position
is wholly informed by the Government of Ontario's stated policies with
respect to wage restraint, and wholly consistent with our approach to
negotiations with other hospital unions - processes which all ended
with multi-year collective agreements. This makes the SEIU's media
release all the more puzzling, because they are aware of the
government's policies and the OHA's bargaining mandate, and they were
still at the bargaining table when they issued it.
The OHA and Ontario's hospitals value the work done by the SEIU's
employees, and are committed to reaching a freely-negotiated collective
agreement. We ask that the SEIU's leadership to redirect their efforts
toward representing their members appropriately at the bargaining table
instead of undermining the collective bargaining process through media
SOURCE Ontario Hospital Association
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