LABOUR DISPUTE AT NEW HUMBER RIVER HOSPITAL COULD PUT HEALTH AT RISK

Feb 09, 2016

By Dave Woodard

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The Ontario Labour Relations Board has been called in to Humber River Hospital to deal with complaints by the Teamsters.
The 1.8 million square foot facility opened in October and while it is experiencing some growing pains with the high level of technology at the digital-first hospital, it’s concerns with workers that has the OLRB interested.
Teamsters have complained that the hospital has decided to sub-contract out some of the work to Crothall Healthcare.
Crothall has been brought in to clean areas where there is no direct patient care required.
The Teamsters say that contravenes the collective agreement which forbids work to be contracted out that could be done by the union.
Teamster Local 419 also claims staffing and supply levels are low, suggesting there isn’t enough manpower or supplies to keep the hospital clean.
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