TORONTO, Dec. 18 /CNW/ - On November 29, 2007 therapy and clerical staff
of B.C.R. were informed of the Board of Directors decision, that they would
not renew their contract to provide home rehabilitation services with the
Toronto Central Community Care Access Centre.
As a result of this decision, 41 employees, members of Canadian Office
and Professional Employees Union, Local 550 will be losing their jobs as of
March 28, 2008.
Since 2001 B.C.R. employees have been providing therapy services in the
home to patients/clients in the Greater Toronto area, including East York,
such as Physiotherapy, Speech Language Pathology, Social Work and Occupational
Therapy. B.C.R.'s decision not to bid on the next request for proposal (RFP)
for therapy services in Toronto, will mean that these services will as of
April 01, 2008 be subject to the RFP bidding process, and will ultimately be
provided by a different service provider.
This change in service provider will result in the disruption and
continuity of care to approximately 40,000 patients/clients visits a year.
This decision by B.C.R. will also have a major impact on the lives of the
41 B.C.R. employees, who will be losing their jobs as of March 28, 2008, and
will no longer have access to health and welfare benefits, HOOPP, paid
vacations, job security, etc as a result of B.C.R.'s decision to not engage in
the bidding process for therapy services provided by the Toronto Central CCAC.
This will lead to the loss of experienced and long service community
The Ontario Government has mandated the provision of Home Care. Where is
the government support for its front line professional workers that provide
this service in Toronto?
For further information:
For further information: call COPE Local 550 at (416) 671-3865