Ontario Federation of Labour

Ontario Federation of Labour

January 16, 2007 11:19 ET

OFL PRESENTS TO STANDING COMMITTEE ON SOCIAL POLICY

BILL 140, AN ACT RESPECTING LONG-TERM CARE HOMES - COMMITTEE ROOM 1, MAIN LEGISLATIVE BUILDING, QUEEN'S PARK, TORONTO: WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 17 AT 3:45 P.M.

Attention: Assignment Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Media Editor, News Editor, Government/Political Affairs Editor TORONTO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 16, 2007) - Terry Downey, Ontario Federation of Labour's executive vice-president will present the OFL submission to the Standing Committee on Social Policy outlining the Federation's policy position in this important sector in our health care system.

The Ontario Federation of Labour constitutes the largest provincial labour federation in Canada with 700,000 members drawn from over 1500 locals and 40 different unions - including health care unions.

"For our members, Bill 140 is a flawed piece of legislation reflecting the betrayal of Ontarians by this government," Downey says. "The most fundamental flaw of Bill 140 is that is does not address the chronic and critical understaffing issue in long-term care."

"Just last week the SARS Commission released its final report on the 2003 SARS crisis and the findings by Justice Archie Campbell reflect what has happened to our whole health care system. Chronic underfunding, woefully inadequate staffing levels, heavy, heavy workloads and complete disregard for worker safety," Downey said.

"The government must act now to fix the system - not scale back services and care that Ontarians need."

cope343 /For further information: Dana Boettger
OFL Communications Director
416.443.7665/ IN: HEALTH, LABOUR, MEDIA, POLITICS, OTHER

Contact Information

  • Terry Downey, OFL Executive Vice-President
    Primary Phone: 416-441-2731
    Secondary Phone: 416-578-3230
    Toll-Free: 800-668-9138