OTTAWA, Jan. 8, 2015 /CNW/ - Today, Canadian Blood Services announced that it has reached a tentative agreement with the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), representing its support employees in Ontario.
The Ontario support employees represent approximately 20 percent of Canadian Blood Services' 4,500 employees, and include drivers, clinic assistants, donor services representatives, phlebotomists and laboratory assistants, as well as clerical and administrative staff across Ontario.
"The tentative agreement demonstrates Canadian Blood Services' commitment to the collective bargaining process and to the reliability and safety of Canada's blood system," said Ian Mumford, chief supply chain officer. "We are hopeful that the members will vote to ratify the agreement that has been mutually recommended by both Canadian Blood Services and OPSEU."
In the meantime, business continues as usual. Donors are encouraged to continue supporting the blood system to help maintain an adequate supply of blood and blood products for Canadian patients.
For more information, please visit www.blood.ca.
About Canadian Blood Services
Canadian Blood Services is a national, not-for-profit charitable organization that manages the supply of blood and blood products in all provinces and territories outside of Quebec. Canadian Blood Services also oversees the OneMatch Stem Cell and Marrow Network, is establishing Canada's (excluding Quebec) national public cord blood bank and supports leading practices development, professional education and public awareness for organ and tissue donation and transplantation. In addition, Canadian Blood Services purchases manufactured plasma protein products, contributes to transfusion medicine research and provides diagnostic services in some provinces. It operates 41 permanent collection sites and more than 21,000 donor clinics annually. The provincial and territorial Ministries of Health provide operational funding to Canadian Blood Services. The federal government, through Health Canada, is responsible for regulating the blood system.
SOURCE Canadian Blood Services
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