December 4th, 2017 – Update

 

At the end of October, SEIU Healthcare ended negotiations with the Ontario Hospital Association (OHA) after one day of mediation because the OHA continued to table major concessions as a condition of reaching agreement.

We have taken a firm stance that we will refuse to negotiate concessions of any kind and we will continue to demand fair wage increases which respect the contribution our members make to the healthcare system.

Last week, we launched a campaign to tell the stories of some of our hospital workers who face daily obstacles in their workplace because their needs are "not in the budget". You can already find these advertisements online and they will start popping up in the Greater Toronto Area this week on the TTC and billboards/bus shelters. Read More

Did you Know?

  • Legislation prevents hospital workers from striking because the work you do is deemed an essential service.
  • Instead, the Hospital Labour Dispute Arbitration Act (HLDAA) provides for binding interest arbitration. This is a process which involves each side making a presentation to a board of arbitrators, and that board will decide what to award.
  • The Board’s purpose is to replicate the result that would have occurred if workers had the right to strike, and HLDAA provides criteria which must be followed.
  • The parties only resort to this process if they cannot achieve an agreement through their own bargaining efforts, like a strike is only resorted to when bargaining efforts fail.