Kim Ciavarella, Banyan CEO, recently awarded herself a $20,000 raise. Then she told staff that, collectively, they would have to take home $20,000 less yearly. When employees cried foul, Ciavarella locked them out. They have now been without a contract since April 1, 2017.
An astounding 93.1 per cent vote in favour of strike action.
"We are asking for provisions in the new agreement that better empower workers to identify hazards and recommend solutions." — Andrea Duncan, Chair, CSSBA negotiating team
“We spent hours carefully preparing documentation that would support mediation. The employer had a month to do their homework, but they arrived empty-handed: no documentation, no brief, no new offer." — Chris Jackel, Chair, OPSEU Corrections bargaining team
“Workers have the right to bargain collectively, and this rests upon the right to strike — otherwise, employers would always have the upper hand. It’s not always pain-free, but it’s principled." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Call 519-470-3030 and ask for Dr. Dyke, Dr. Whittle, or Dr. Singh to voice your concerns about the working conditions at the Family Health Organization. Ask them to get back to the table with a fair offer.
What is new under this agreement is that any issues that can not be resolved at the negotiating table will be sent to an independent third-party mediator-arbitrator for a final and binding award.
“The fact our members overwhelmingly voted to join OPSEU/NUPGE in the largest organizing drive in Canadian history sends a strong message that times are changing. I hope this employer will work with us and make sure our members get a fair contract." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Under the employer’s offer, a registered practical nurse (RPN) at the Family Health Organization would make much less than RPNs at other Owen Sound workplaces, and wouldn’t be eligible for any wage increases based on experience.
"I want to thank the members of the bargaining team for their hard work and dedication throughout the process." —Susie Proulx-Daigle, NBU President