Part-time, casual staff at Toronto Western Hospital choose CUPE

Employees join union representing 40,000 workers
|labour-reporter.com|Last Updated: 06/13/2018
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“All hospital workers deserve the protection of union representation,” said Michael Hurley, CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) president. GOOGLE STREET VIEW

More than 100 part-time and casual clerical staff at Toronto Western Hospital joined the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) on June 11.

Workers cited the need for a fair and equal staffing process, predictable and consistent scheduling, job security and an end to working full-time hours on casual contracts that lack benefits and protection, as the primary motivations for unionizing, according to CUPE.

“All hospital workers deserve the protection of union representation,” said Michael Hurley, CUPE’s Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE) president. “These part-time and casual workers are among the most precarious in the sector. They have chosen CUPE because they have seen what we have done for other hospital workers in the province.”

OCHU/CUPE is the largest hospital union in Ontario, representing 40,000 workers in 60 hospitals across the province, including hundreds of workers in the University Health Network, of which Toronto Western Hospital is a part, said the union.

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