Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU)

April 17, 2012 16:04 ET

Media Advisory: Hospital workers from across Ontario in Sudbury April 18-20

To adopt action plan to protect hospital services, hold rally Thursday noon

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 17, 2012) - Over 250 registered practical nurses (RPNs) and other hospital workers from across Ontario are at their annual strategy and policy convention this week in Sudbury (April 18-20) to develop an ambitious action plan focused on protecting local hospital services.

Communities like Sudbury already struggling with not enough hospital and long-term beds will face new challenges as the province moves to cut more than $1 Billion from Ontario hospitals, says Michael Hurley the president of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) the hospital division of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario.

Hurley will be addressing convention delegates Wednesday, April 18 at 9:20 a.m., at the Radisson Hotel. He will provide the context for the action plan debate slated for Friday (April 20) morning.

CUPE Ontario president Fred Hahn and Ontario Health Coalition director Natalie Mehra are also guest speakers on Wednesday at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. respectively.

A rally is planned for Thursday, April 19 from 11:45 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. at the former Memorial Hospital site.

Contact Information

    Michael Hurley
    (416) 884-0770

    CUPE Communications
    Stella Yeadon
    (416) 559-9300