“On behalf of these skilled hospital workers, we are able to bargain from a real position of power.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Toronto (11 Aug. 2014) — By a margin of 85 per cent support, hospital professionals at Mackenzie Health in York Region have made the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) their union of choice!
Health care workers at Mackenzie Health vote to join OPSEU/NUPGE
In a vote taken in early August, 65 laboratory technologists, technicians and assistants, pathologist assistants and electrocardiogram technicians strongly favoured joining the union.
OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas said the positive decision taken by employees at Mackenzie Health reinforces OPSEU/NUPGE's position as Ontario’s premiere union for hospital professionals.
“When it comes to being the leading expert on working conditions that hospital professionals face, OPSEU/NUPGE has the strength in numbers and depth of knowledge to make a real difference in the working lives of our members,” he said. “On behalf of these skilled hospital workers, we are able to bargain from a real position of power.”
Strong turn out for vote shows the level of support for the union
OPSEU Executive Board Member Sara Labelle, who is chair of the union’s hospital professional division, also extended warm greetings to OPSEU/NUPGE’s newest members. “The great turnout of Mackenzie Health workers and overwhelming vote of support to join OPSEU/NUPGE is just another indication of why hospital professionals represent the fastest growing division in the union. I look forward to working closely with these new members.”
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE