Village Seniors Community Information Picket Highlights Bargaining Issues

October 21, 2008, 3:51 PM EST

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CAW Local 1106 members and other union members recently joined together to hold an information picket outside the Village Seniors Community Complex in Hanover, Ontario to highlight the need for improved workplace safety and fair wages.

"Workers want a fair contract, a safe workplace and to be treated with respect and dignity," said Hazel Pratt-Paige, CAW Local 1106 vice-president.

"The mainly female workforce in the nursing home and retirement home are looking for fair wages and to be treated with respect and dignity in the workplace in regard to safety, and recognition and compensation of Registered Practical Nurses," said Pratt-Paige.

The information picket drew public attention to key issues in bargaining as negotiations continue between the union and employer Revera. Contract talks started in March.

"They don't seem to be taking us very seriously," said Pratt-Paige. "We feel as though we're being bullied by Revera because we work in a rural community."

The CAW, other unions and the Ontario Health Coalition, have been lobbying the Ontario government for minimum staffing hours of 3.5 hours of care per day, per resident. In addition to wage improvements, the CAW is also pushing for inclusion of Women's Advocate language and improved WSIB language for health care workers.

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