OWEN SOUND, ON, Jan. 18 /CNW/ - In a vote held Monday, January 17, OPSEU
members at Lee Manor Home for the Aged soundly rejected a union raid by
the Christian Labour Association of Canada (CLAC).
Two years ago, employees at Lee Manor switched their union
representation to OPSEU from CLAC, citing a long list of problems with
representation and service. CLAC attempted to raid their former members
back, but were rejected by nearly 80 per cent of the employees.
"Once again, our members have told this association that they prefer to
deal with a professional, member-driven union," said OPSEU President
Warren (Smokey) Thomas. "They rejected CLAC two years ago, and they've
rejected them by an even stronger mandate this time. Our members
receive superior service and thrive within a democratic organization.
That's what makes the difference."
Local 299 President AnnaMarie Hampton-Alcock said that she hopes that
CLAC has finally got the message that they are not welcome at Lee
"Two years ago, we voted 75 per cent to bring OPSEU into our workplace
in order to address years of problems we had with working conditions in
the home," Hampton-Alcock said. "Under OPSEU, we have made great
strides at Lee Manor, and have a new collective agreement that will
form a solid base for our next set of negotiations that begin this
Region 2 OPSEU Vice-President Mike Grimaldi said this proves that OPSEU
is the union of choice for long-term care workers. "Our members know
that OPSEU has the expertise and the resources. This ensures they get
the support they need to improve their working lives."
OPSEU represents 130,000 members across Ontario, including 30,000
members who work in hospitals, long-term care facilities and other
health care-related professions.
For further information:
Lois Boggs, OPSEU Organizing Representative: 416-557-2853