Chatham health workers join Unifor

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Chatham alt text: Unifor organizers prepare pamphlets

Workers at Chatham Kent Health Alliance in southwestern Ontario have voted overwhelmingly to join Unifor.

“These workers join with thousands of health care workers who are already part of Unifor, and can now draw on that depth of experience and knowledge to negotiate better working conditions,” said Unifor Secretary-Treasurer Lana Payne. “Welcome to Unifor.”

Voting took place electronically from March 30 to April 1, 2022. A majority of the 519 eligible workers voted in favour of joining Unifor, leaving their previous union, CLAC.

In the coming weeks, Unifor will focus on electing workplace representatives and continue with ongoing membership outreach for collective bargaining preparation.

“Hospital workers across this province have been unfairly subjected to Bill 124 which caps their total compensation at 1% for three years,” said Katha Fortier, Assistant to the National President.

“These members will now be part of our fight back campaign for fair wages and our Charter Challenge against this Bill that unjustly affects mostly women workers in this province.”

The new members include registered practical nurses, patient care assistants, dialysis assistants, building operations, electricians, plumbers, dialysis assistants, housekeepers, personal support workers, dietary aides and therapy staff.

They join 30,000 Unifor members working in health care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical services, community services, social services, and home care.

•	Chatham2 alt text: Unifor organizers outside Chatham Kent Health Alliance