Unifor Local 2458 members who work at Brucelea Haven, a Home for the Aged in Walkerton, protested today in response to unfair practices in scheduling and a general lack of respect from the employer.
“Today’s rally is a wake-up call to the employer,” said Tullio DiPointi, President Unifor Local 2468. “We will no longer standby and allow management to disrespect and treat our members poorly.”
The workers, who include personal support workers, registered practical nurses and support staff have been frustrated by a scheduling system that has been implemented that does not respect the terms of their collective agreement. They often work overtime and work short staffed, especially in the PSW classification, which has a direct impact on resident care.
“The Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care requires residents receive two baths a week. But because of the low staffing levels this minimum standard is not always being met. This is no way to treat the most vulnerable members of our society.”
The employer has agreed to bring in a third party to conduct a Workplace Cultural Assessment to review the values, collaboration, inclusivity, clarity of goals, and rewards as well as leadership transparency within the County homes. The cultural assessment will become the foundation of a plan of action for cultural improvement for staff and management at the home.
The union welcomes this assessment and will be working with the employer to ensure recommendations made are fully implemented.
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