AP NEWS
ADVERTISEMENT
Press release content from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.
PRESS RELEASE: Paid content from Business Wire
Press release content from Business Wire. The AP news staff was not involved in its creation.

“We Will Not Be Used as Cheap Labour,” PSWs, Nurses at UHN’s Hillcrest Rehab Hospital, Take Fight for Fair Wages to University Ave. With Noon Rally Thursday, July 15

July 14, 2021 GMT

TORONTO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Jul 14, 2021--

Toronto community groups will call out University Health Network (UHN) at its downtown University Ave. doorstep with a noon rally tomorrow (Thursday, July 15) for what they say is a deliberate workforce policy by UHN of exploiting racialized women as cheap labour.

UHN is avoiding the direct employment of patient rehabilitation care staff at its Hillcrest site who earn wages far below other hospital personal support workers and nurses. The hospital has also left part-time clerical without a first contract, for several years. It’s an “inexcusable” practice seen as a growing blemish on the reputation of UHN, the largest hospital system in the country, say the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Coalition of Black Trade Unionists and Toronto & York Region Labour Council.

At the Hillcrest Reactivation Centre, UHN has contracted out what until recently have been direct hospital patient care supports, to a home care company that pays PSWs, registered practical nurses (RPNs) sub-par wages. These workers and several hundred part-time clericals are paid as much as $7.00 less an hour than people doing the same work at UHN.

ADVERTISEMENT

Both the part-time clerical employees of the University Health Network and the people working at the Hillcrest hospital site of UHN are almost all women and most are racialized.

WHAT:

Community rally in support of fair wages and working conditions for University Health Network-Hillcrest, PSWs, RPNs and a first contract for part-time clerical.

WHEN:

Thursday, July 15, 2021, 12:00 noon

WHERE:

585 University Ave., Toronto

 

(directly in front of UHN-Peter Munk Cardiac Centre)

WHO:

Hospital workers, Coalition of Black Trade Unionists, CUPE, Toronto & York Region Labour Council, CUPE, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)

lf/cope 491

View source version on businesswire.com:https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210714005790/en/

CONTACT: Stella Yeadon

CUPE Communications

416-559-9300

syeadon@cupe.ca

KEYWORD: NORTH AMERICA CANADA

INDUSTRY KEYWORD: PUBLIC POLICY/GOVERNMENT NURSING HUMAN RESOURCES PUBLIC POLICY HEALTH OTHER POLICY ISSUES LABOR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

SOURCE: CUPE

Copyright Business Wire 2021.

PUB: 07/14/2021 01:33 PM/DISC: 07/14/2021 01:33 PM

http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210714005790/en