LONDON, ON, Sept. 2, 2014 /CNW/ - Members and leadership of Unifor Local
27 will be rallying at the Mount Hope Centre for Long Term Care on
Wednesday to bring public attention to the need for good jobs in health
care to ensure quality resident care. Mount Hope Centre for Long Term
Care (formerly St. Mary's and Marian Villa) is home to 394 residents,
and is operated by St. Joseph's Health Care London.
"Stable employment and scheduling for those providing long-term care to
residents is not only necessary to provide 'good jobs'," said Corey
Vermey, Director of Health Care at Unifor. "It is fundamental to
achieving quality of care by directly strengthening the consistency and
continuity of the care provided for residents."
These long-term care workers emphasize that familiarity and trust by
residents for staff is a critical dimension to support cooperation in
activities of daily living, particularly with a longer-stay elderly
population, the majority of whom are experiencing dementia and other
Residents with dementia in particular respond better to familiar
caregivers and may grow anxious and aggressive when faced with persons
they don't recognize who seek to perform intimate activities such as
bathing or toileting. That requires consistency in both staff
assignment and scheduling to ensure trust and continuity.
Wednesday, September 3, 2014 - 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM
At the southwest corner of the intersection of Grosvenor and Richmond
Streets (under the canopy), London, ON
Michelle Flewin, Chair, St. Joseph's Health Centre (Grosvenor sites)
Ann Marie Tulett, Chair, St. Joseph's Health Centre (Parkwood site)
Jim Read, Unifor Local 27 President
Brian Chapman, Unifor Local 27 First Vice-President
Corey Vermey, Unifor Health Sector Director
After a summer of chaotic scheduling and inadequate staffing, workers
are publicly calling on St. Joseph's Health Care London to work
together on the following 6-point plan
A commitment to continuity of caregiver for residents by reducing, with
the ultimate goal of eliminating, the need for agency staff.
A commitment to continuity of caregiver for residents and continuity in
scheduling for employees by ensuring regular scheduling patterns.
A commitment to review the current posted schedule or scheduling
practices to address blatant inequities (weekends off; ignoring home
assignment; denial of bereavement leave; insufficient notice to report
A commitment to jointly explore introducing the 'shadow or buddy' system
with FT/PT employees on an urgent basis (including through workplace
A commitment to a joint committee approach to review and designate
'home' assignment and other scheduling criteria (opportunity for
weekends off; scheduling vacation and rules governing absence
approvals) for the next posted schedule; with a view towards developing
practices that can be incorporated into the collective agreement
(applicable to the Mount Hope operation).
A commitment to express to the Ministry by way of a joint communique
with Unifor Local 27 stressing the urgent need for adequate resources
to ensure safe and adequate staffing levels and to address ongoing
recruitment and retention issues.
Unifor is committed to a Good Jobs agenda - including hosting a Good
Jobs Summit. Unifor has partnered with Ryerson University, the Canadian
Centre for Policy Alternatives (CCPA) and the Canadian Federation of
Students (CFS) to host a multi-stakeholder dialogue on how together, we
can create good jobs - now and in the future. The Summit will take
place October 3 to 5 at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto.
Unifor was founded Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto
Workers and the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
With more than 305,000 members, Unifor is Canada's largest union in the
For further information:
Shelley Burgoyne, Communications