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

Event Information

07/16/2020 @ 11:00 AM
North Bay, Ontario

NORTH BAY, ON –/COMMUNITYWIRE/– Anger and bewilderment are growing among North Bay 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, will hold a media conference tomorrow – Thursday, July 16 at 11 a.m. outside the North Bay Regional Health Centre (NBRHC).

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

CUPE, which represents more than 50,000 hospital staff in Ontario, held several 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.

On a province-wide emergency membership call Monday night, hospital sector members voted on a course of political action, which includes rallies outside hospitals or actions inside hospitals on Friday, July 17. Additional events are planned for next week.

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

WHEN:  Thursday, July 16, 2020 at 11:00 a.m.

WHO:  OCHU/CUPE President Michael Hurley, Secretary-Treasurer Sharon Richer and CUPE 139 leaders from NBRHC

WHERE:  Outside the main entrance to the North Bay Regional Health Centre

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For more information, please contact:

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