OPSEU files application with Labour Board to save mental health jobs

    BROCKVILLE, ON, Sept. 10 /CNW/ - The union representing over 200 skilled
professionals at the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) has filed an
application with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) in order to keep
trained professionals working in the mental health care field.
    The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has filed an
application under the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act (PSLRTA).
If the application is successful, skilled professionals currently working at
the BMHC would be allowed to follow their work when programs move to Ottawa on
March 31, 2011.
    OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says that it makes little sense to
throw away years of skill and expertise in the mental health care sector.
    "Our members are, quite simply, the best in their field," Thomas said.
"All we are asking is that the employer allows these highly-skilled
professionals to follow their work to Ottawa, and continue serving those with
mental health issues."
    "More important," Thomas adds, "is to prevent the loss of services in
mental health care...services that are already at a premium."
    Thomas also remarked, "The loss of this skilled workforce will cause
irreparable harm to mental health care, and to the clients and families that
rely on them."

For further information:

For further information: Sue Dafoe, OPSEU Communications, (416)
570-5995; Greg Hamara, OPSEU Communications, (647) 238-9933 (cell)

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