Shelgal workers are ready to take legal action in their fight for a respectful collective agreement, despite the employer`s threat to take legal action and enforce the law by the police. It says its members are currently working without an agreement after their previous collective agreement expired at the end of November. The union represents more than 400 personal caregivers, licensed practical nurses, dietary staff and a few maintenance staff in the two villages of Windsor. . “It`s no longer just about working in understaffed long-term nursing homes,” said Nancy McMurphy, President of Local 302. Residents are not receiving the care they deserve, and staff feel hopeless and defeated. Canada`s fiscal update points to a future economic recovery. For more information: For media inquiries, please contact Hamid Osman, Unifor Communications representative, at [email protected] or (647) 448-2823 A village is located south of Windsor at St. Clair College and the second village near the WFCU Centre on McHugh Street.
LONDON, ON, Feb. 17, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Unifor Locals 302 and 504, representing health care workers in the villages of Schlegel, will hold general meetings to plan industrial action after contract negotiations fail. “A reward system to combat understaffing is an insult not only to workers, but also to residents. The lack of staff in LTC homes is a systemic issue, and a reward system does nothing to relieve the pressure or stress placed on workers trying to provide optimal care to residents of these facilities,” said McMurphy. Unifor is Canada`s largest private sector union, representing 315,000 workers in all major sectors of the economy. The union stands up for all workers and their rights, fights for equality and social justice in Canada and abroad, and strives to create progressive change for a better future. Unifor Local 302 represents nearly 400 members in the Village of Glendale Crossing in London and pinehaven Nursing Home in Kitchener and Unifor Local 504 represents nearly 250 members in the Village of Wentworth Heights in Hamilton. These two locals, along with Windsor Local 2458, form Unifor`s core bargaining team. DiPonti says the union met with members Monday morning.
“We told them what it was, but it`s not always about money, it`s about how these people can work short hours and try to take care of the most vulnerable in our community, our loved ones are in this long-term care,” says DiPonti. Contract negotiations between Unifor Local 2458 and representatives of the villages of Schlegel were interrupted. Canada`s Fiscal Update does not support all airline employees. “We broke up with Schlegel, one of the largest long-term care companies, and they came to the table with a ridiculous offer that we just couldn`t get to our members,” says DiPonti. Unifor is calling on all parties to support the NDP`s new anti-scabies legislation. The union is determined to return to the bargaining table as soon as the employer makes a real commitment to address the shortage of staff. However, the employer believes that the best way to combat staff shortages is to reward employees with “Schlegal points”, a reward system for purchasing items. Local 2458 President Tullio DiPonti said discussions with the provider of the two long-term nursing homes in Windsor were halted over the weekend. “Our members feel frustrated, undervalued and completely ignored by the employer,” said Glenn Westoby, President of Local 504. “Schlegel continues to pay wages below industry standards, although he has repeatedly told the union that they want to be a leader in the long-term care industry.
It is very unfortunate that this sentiment is not reflected in the working conditions and pay that Unifor members see. Unifor submitted a report to the provincial government in December 2019 entitled Caring in Crisis: Ontario`s Long-Term Care PSP Shortage, detailing the systemic shortage of personal support workers (PSWs) in Ontario. .