Osler's Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) rally for their jobs

    Workers rally to keep jobs at pediatrics and obstetrics units

    TORONTO, Sept. 27 /CNW Telbec/ - Registered Practical Nurses (RPNs) at
the William Osler Health Centre rallied to keep their jobs providing front
line care for their community today.
    "These RPNs have over 351 years of experience, skills and dedication to
their community," said Irving Poirier, President of their union, the Canadian
Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 145. "Why would the hospital want to
forsake all this experience?"
    With no process or consultation, management at the hospital is
reassigning RPNs from the obstetrics and pediatrics units to other units in
the hospital. New graduates will be taking their place, raising the concern
that service to the community will suffer, as the RPNs' centuries of
experience caring for newborns, mothers and children will be lost in the move.
    "Taking me off the department where I've been working for 30 years and
moving me somewhere won't make things safer," said Catherine Caier. "Our care
for our community is well known and our work is well regarded. Why move us?
Why now?"
    The union is calling on the public to urge the hospital's board of
directors to keep the RPNs where they are.

For further information:

For further information: Irving Poirier, President, CUPE 145, (416)
276-8079 (C); David Robbins, CUPE Communications, (613) 878-1431 (C)

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