ARCH Hospice workers, represented by Unifor Local 1359, picketed outside the hospice on Friday afternoon to highlight the company’s unreasonable resistance to fairly bargain.
“Just over 18 months ago, employees of ARCH Hospice voted to join Unifor, so that they could unite their voices to raise working conditions and care conditions at the hospice,” said Jerry Dias Unifor National President in a press release.
“But they have faced a brick wall at the bargaining table in the form of a high-priced Toronto lawyer, flown in to make certain they do not even get basic contract provisions like seniority, job postings and overtime.”
Unifor Local 1359 represents the Registered Practical Nurses, Registered Nurses, Personal Support Workers and the chef at ARCH Hospice.
The union has been in negotiations with the employer for a year (July 2018), but the employer has failed to agree to their proposals that will improve patient care and make ARCH Hospice a better place to work.
“Our community often refers to ARCH employees as angels for their daily compassion towards patients in end of life care,” said Cathy Humalamaki, President, Unifor Local 1359.
“These angels want respect and a fair conversation with their employer.”
On May 1, 2019, the union voted 85 per cent in favour of striking if an agrement cannot be reached. They’ve been working with a Ministry of Labour conciliator to reach an agreement to avoid this. The union is prepared to return to negotiations at anytime.
ONNtv was at the picket and spoke to Humalamaki