CAW Continues Rotating Protests at Extendicare Facilities in Ontario
June 3, 2010, 12:00 AM EST
CAW members staged two more public demonstrations at Extendicare nursing homes in Tecumseh and Kingston, Ontario on May 27 and June 1, respectively. These actions are the latest in a string of rotating protests led by the CAW and its Ontario health care local unions. The union is urging this hugely profitable corporation back to the bargaining table in the hopes of reaching a settlement with over 1200 workers in ten Extendicare homes across the province.
CAW members and allies attended a public information rally at Extendicare's Tecumseh facility located on St. Alphonse Avenue while over 50 members, including residents and community supporters, gathered outside an Extendicare nursing home on Bath Road in Kingston.
CAW President Ken Lewenza said workers in Ontario's long term care sector deserve the respect and dignity for the work they do, noting that protests will continue until the company agrees to get back to bargaining.
"Extendicare is totally ignoring the commitment of these workers and our union will continue to fight for a fair and just settlement."
Extendicare has argued that recent government funding restraint measures have forced it to table a two-year wage freeze on its workers, among other contract concessions. The CAW has flatly rejected these concession demands as unreasonable, especially since Extendicare is a private, for-profit, corporation and not an agency of the government. In the first quarter of 2010 alone, Extendicare recorded profits in excess of $15 million.
"Absolutely nothing is preventing this company from sharing its massive profits with employees," said CAW Local 830 President Elaine Walker.