THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 7, 2018 /CNW/ - After 121 days on a picket line, 65 workers at the Port Arthur Health Centre are taking a stand against an employer who refuses to negotiate.
"The doctors who own this Centre have repeatedly refused to return to negotiations for more than four months now. Enough is enough," said Jerry Dias, Unifor National President. "We gave plenty of notice that if they did not come back to bargaining, we would shut the clinic down, unfortunately that means disrupting service to patients."
Hundreds of union and community members from across Ontario and Manitoba will join the workers Wednesday starting at 7 am to show solidarity for Local 229 members, as they protest unfairly low wages and precarious working conditions.
What: News Conference and Solidarity rally
When: Wednesday, August 8, 2018 at 11:30 am EST
Where: Port Arthur Health Centre, 194 Court St N, Thunder Bay
Who: Jerry Dias, Unifor National President, other union officials and striking workers
On August 5, Unifor's National President called the clinic to inform them that they should reschedule all patients starting tomorrow. Unifor regrets any inconvenience to patients who deserve the best health care, and asks that patients demand the clinic negotiate a fair deal with these 65 women.
More than 7000 community supporters have shown solidarity with these workers by signing a petition or emailing the Centre's CEO, John Marrello at [email protected], demanding a fair deal.
For journalists outside Thunder Bay, the News Conference will be streamed live at 11:30 am and will be available for viewing and downloading on Unifor's Facebook page.
Unifor is Canada's largest union in the private sector, representing 315,000 workers in every major area of the economy. The union advocates for all working people and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future.
For further information: Please contact Unifor Communications Director Natalie Clancy: [email protected] or (902) 478-9238 (cell).