Ontario Federation of Health Care Workers crushes Canadian Auto Workers in representation vote at four Chartwell long term care homes

    TORONTO, Jan. 16 /CNW/ - The Ontario Federation of Health Care Workers -
LIUNA Local 1110 (OFHCW) has decisively squashed a months-long effort by the
Canadian Auto Workers (CAW) to win the support of over 800 employees of four
long term care facilities owned by Chartwell REIT, one of Canada's largest
operators of seniors' care residences.
    Counting of the ballots cast on Monday, January 12 was conducted this
morning at the Ontario Labour Relations Board in Toronto. OFHCW won 67% of the
votes cast by employees at The Westmount (Kitchener), the Woodhaven (Markham),
The Wynfield (Oshawa) and The Waterford (Oakville). CAW organizers had been
attempting since early last fall to persuade OFHCW members to leave their
union but had been met largely with indifference and resistance.
    "We hope the CAW has finally learned that our members want to stick with
the union that has served them well for years," says Paula Randazzo, OFHCW
Business Manager.
    "The Autoworkers have tried to take away six long term care homes from us
and have been soundly rejected each time. It is time for them to come to terms
with reality and try to start organizing workers who do not have a union.
    "We are grateful for the tremendous show of support from our members
throughout this long raid and especially for their strong vote in favour of
OFHCW. We will continue to serve their needs and we look forward to getting
back to the bargaining table with Chartwell to hammer out a new collective
agreement, one that respects and recognizes the great value of their service
to Ontario's seniors."

    The Ontario Federation of Health Care Workers - LIUNA Local 1110
represents 4500 health care employees in over 70 facilities throughout
Ontario. It is affiliated with the 800,000-member Labourers' International
Union of North America.

For further information:

For further information: Paula Randazzo, (905) 929-3179

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