Ontario Health Coalition Assembly

Toronto, Ontario

November 19, 2011


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Ontario Health Coalition 2011
Ontario Health Coalition Assembly
dated November 19, 2011

Toronto, Ontario
November 19, 2011

      


Toronto, Ontario
November 19, 2011



Katha Fortier
CAW National Representative 

       "Personal support workers and nurses at LaChaumierre Retirement Home just out side Windsor began getting late pay deposits in early 2010. The employer said it was just cash flow errors and promised that it wouldn't continue. He lied. It continued and got progressively worst. By January it became apparent there were no more pay cheques coming for these workers. With the support of their union they did everything they could to fight back. But they adamantly refused to abandon their sixty eight residents most of whom required nursing home level care and who had nowhere else to go. Today we thanks the 38 women of LaChaumierre Retirement Home. Please welcome Lynne Pelletier, Renee Lamire and Patti Price."


Lynne Pelletier
CAW Local 2458 

       "What are you going to abandon people who are vulnerable and can't take care of themselves? How could you. At times we were struggling, I thought I was going to have a nervous breakdown I am sure all of us did but we just kept fighting and fighting and look at it. It was worth it. For sure, absolutely. April 1st, 2010 to March 10th, 2011, eleven months of emotional and mental abuse. If it wasn't for the CAW I would not be telling this story, and if it wasn't for the support of the local community for their help. So on behalf of all the workers at LaChaumierre we want to thank the Ontario Health Coalition for your acknowledgement of what we went through. It allows us to know that it was all worth it in the end. Thank you very much."


Natalie Mehra
Ontario Health Coalition Director

       "This is the type of dedication that many healthcare workers show and also, I think, highlights the vulnerability of the residents and particularly in this case had you not been working in this retirement home, had you not had a union that you could go to who would help, one wonders what would have happened to those residents. They really are in a situation of real vulnerability in residential care that is very under regulated and for which there are very inadequate protections."


Patti Price
CAW Local 2458 

       "We did not want to leave our jobs. We didn't want to walk off the job we fought to stay there just so we could make sure that they were well protected. If it wasn't for the CAW, we would have to have hired our own lawyer, take them to court and being that we had no money they would have won in the long run. We are extremely thankful for the CAW."


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