|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE November 25,
wins right to represent
1,447 Ottawa hospital staff
TORONTO The Ontario
Public Service Employees Union has won a vote to represent 1,447 employees of the Ottawa
The vote came about because of a merger of the Ottawa
General, Riverside and Ottawa Civic Hospitals. Votes were counted Thursday.
The count was 606 for OPSEU, and 513 for the Canadian Union
of Public Employees.
"This builds on the recent merger of our union with
the Association of Allied Health Professionals: Ontario," said OPSEU President Leah
Casselman. "Quite clearly, OPSEU is the dominant union in this province for medical
paraprofessionals. We have a strong base and we are building on it."
The new bargaining unit covers all paramedical professional
employees at the merged hospital. The group includes medical laboratory staff, x-ray
technologists, dieticians, physiotherapists, pharmacy technicians and similar staff.
Mary Sue Smith, president of Local 422 which represented
the paramedical staff of the former Ottawa General, said, "It means we can continue
to do the work we started in representing professional staff, and we have one of the
biggest units in the province."
"The first challenge will be to bring together our
members from the three sites and build a sense of cohesion. I look forward to working with
the new members of OPSEU and feel confident we can pull together to negotiate a new
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For further information:
Katie FitzRandolph (OPSEU Communications) (416) 448-7440 or
cell (416) 561-5651
Mary Sue Smith (613) 228-0338 or pager (613) 751-9973