We made sacrifices in this pandemic, why attack our workplace rights? Ask Sudbury hospital workers, media conference Wed 11 AM

Event Information

07/15/2020 @ 11:00 AM
Sudbury, Ontario

SUDBURY, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Anger and bewilderment are growing among Sudbury hospital staff that the Premier and provincial government have gone from seeing them as pandemic heroes to stripping their most important workplace rights.

Last week, the provincial government introduced legislation (Bill 195) that removes many citizen rights – such as the right to assemble and protest – and that will also (more specifically) remove many important health care workers’ workplace rights – like the security of having a shift and defined hours of work – indefinitely.

Michael Hurley, the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE), and Sharon Richer, OCHU/CUPE secretary-treasurer and former Health Sciences North (HSN) worker, will hold a media conference tomorrow – Wednesday, July 15 at 11 a.m. outside HSN at the corner of Paris Street and Centennial Drive. 

Richer and Hurley will review how Bill 195 (if passed without amendments) will affect health care workers and why CUPE hospital workers will mobilize to fight it.

CUPE, which represents more than 50,000 hospital staff in Ontario, held emergency discussions with sector leaders over the weekend and secured a 98 per cent mandate to fight the legislation. The CUPE leaders also voted on aspects of political action that will unfold rapidly over the course of the next few weeks before the Legislature rises on July 24.

A province-wide emergency membership discussion on the fightback plan took place on Monday night.

WHAT:  Media conference to review CUPE political action mobilizing against Bill 195

WHEN:  Wednesday, July 15, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

WHO:  OCHU/CUPE President, Michael Hurley and Secretary Treasurer Sharon Richer

WHERE:  Health Sciences North, curbside at Paris Street and Centennial Drive

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For more information, please contact:

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300, syeadon@cupe.ca