Sunbeam Healthcare Workers In Kitchener Continue Fight To Protect Patients And Get A Fair Contract

June 25, 2009


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Sunbeam Healthcare Workers In Kitchener Continue Fight To Protect Patients And Get A Fair Contract
Sunbeam Healthcare Workers In Kitchener Continue Fight To Protect Patients And Get A Fair Contract
dated June 25, 2009

Kitchener, Ontario
June 25, 2009
      

Kitchener, Ontario
June 25, 2009

Kristie Baird
CAW Local 1106

       "We're just out here demonstrating, letting people know that we were in contract talks, but they now stalled, because as a membership, we feel that doing call-in is not our responsibility. It should be a management job. It takes time away from our clients. And we just feel, we're here for our clients. Bottom line. Not to do paperwork."


Bill Gibson
CAW National Rep Kitchener

       "This is not about money. This is about control. And this about the employer here wanting to put their thumb down and keep these workers down. We're dealing with this particular bargaining unit with about 85% women, basically low wage earners. But they are front line health care workers. And front line health care workers need each and every one of our levels of support. We have to be able to stand behind these people especially for this particular issue which involves quality of care."

Flo Spoelder
Union Chairperson at Sunbeam Centre

       "We're going to do this big wall of shame. We've never done this before. At our last three rallies. But this one we're going to name all the officers and board members. And we're going to put up a big wall of shame, and we're going to make sure that, that is shown."

Bill Gibson
CAW National Rep Kitchener

       "The company walked out of negotiations on us back in April. The monetary package is put together. We still have out standing issue on pension, but that can be resolved. But the main stumbling block here is for what we can see is a non monetary issue and all about a quality of control issue for the employer. They don't want to deal with us on this issue, they don't want to back down. We've offered them alternatives on this. They want nothing to do with it. It's their way or the highway and that's why these members are out here today."

Ruth Pryce
Local 1106 member

       "They've been out for a long time, and I think that management is being unfair for what they're asking for. I think it's high time they at least, do something, like go back to the bargaining table, like get back to the table. And have a discussion."

 

Dean Warner
Vice President CAW Local 397

       "It is our fight. We have this belief that anytime, anybody belongs to our local is going through hard times, or if the management group that they are bargaining with, appears to be bargaining in bad faith, that it's an obligation on our part to show support."

Bill McLachlan
President CAW Local 1106

       "I wanted to join with the sister in thanking the other locals for coming up and showing support here today. It is inspirational for our members when you guys come out and help us out here. And I want to make sure, I don't want to list you, but I want to say thanks. We're hoping that after today, we're going to try to make some contacts, and shame then into changing their position. And this is strictly not about money. It's about care of residents. It's time taken away for doing a call in that should be spent by these people, caring for the clients that they are hired to look after. So what we really want is for this board to change that decision and let these people do the job they were hired to do. And that's look after the clients."

CAW Fighting Back Makes A Difference.


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