CAW Files Unfair Labour Complaint Against New Beginnings

August 8, 2012, 10:15 AM EST

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The CAW filed an unfair labour practice complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board on July 26 alleging 8 Windsor-area health care workers were unfairly denied an opportunity for re-employment following a relocation of services earlier in the year.

The 8 workers (members of CAW Local 2458) were formerly employed by Glengarda Child and Family Services in a day-treatment facility that offered youth-centred rehabilitation services, including supervised access programs for visiting family members. In April, Glengarda's supervised access programs were relocated to the Windsor Regional Hospital and now delivered by a new service provider, New Beginnings Child and Youth Services.

"Our understanding was that all members would follow their jobs, and no one would be left out of work," said CAW Local 2458 Financial Secretary Tullio DiPonti. "New Beginnings opted to hire all former Glengarda supervisors, but refused to hire, or even interview, any of the existing front-line service workers."

CAW Director of Health Care, Katha Fortier, said the union's at a complete loss as to why New Beginnings would deny these workers the opportunity to keep their jobs and help ensure the transition of services is seamless.

"These workers have years of expertise and experience and have built strong relationships with clients," Fortier said. "There's simply no justification for their actions."

Health care workers in the supervised access programs provide a safe, neutral and child-focused setting for visits between children and non-custodial parents or other family members. 

The Ontario Labour Relations Board has not yet set a date for a hearing.

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