KITCHENER, ON, June 16, 2015 /CNW/ - Health care workers at the Grand
River Hospital in Kitchener are organizing a Day of Action to demand
their employer return to the bargaining table, after years of wage
freezes and ballooning executive pay.
"The CEO of the Grand River Hospital has had a salary increase of over
20 per cent in the last seven years while our members have not had a
wage increase since 2011. Our members want to negotiate a fair
collective agreement not arbitrate one - Grand River needs to get back
to the table," said Bill McLachlan, president of Unifor local 1106.
The number of executives and others at Grand River who appear on
publicly-accessible records making more than $100,000 per year has
grown from 11 in 1996 to 148 in 2014. Meanwhile, front-line health care
workers are experiencing layoffs, and have been asked to do more with
"This kind of treatment is outrageous and these hard-working
professionals deserve more than to be given the scraps after executives
have had their fill," said Corey Vermey, Unifor Health Care Director.
"Health care workers are the backbone of healthy communities and they
need the employer to come back to the table with a fair offer."
Unifor has negotiated and ratified several hospital collective
agreements so far this year, including those for hospitals in London,
Woodstock and Kitchener. The membership at Grand River Hospital
deserves a fair deal that is ratified, not arbitrated.
Corner of Park and Green Street, Kitchener
June 16, 2015 - 11:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m.
Bill McLachlan, President, local 1106; Corey Vermey, Unifor Health Care
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing
more than 305,000 workers, including 26,000 health care workers. It was
formed Labour Day weekend 2013 when the Canadian Auto Workers and the
Communications, Energy and Paperworkers unions merged.
For further information:
please contact Unifor Communications Staff Representative Shelley Burgoyne at firstname.lastname@example.org or (cell) 902-717-7491.