Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)

Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)

June 06, 2008 14:37 ET

OPSEU, ONA ask "Why Kick Durham Region When It Is Down?"

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 6, 2008) - With horrific cuts in the auto industry devastating Durham Region, it's a fine time to kick the mental health supports out from under the area's residents, say unions representing the workers in the affected communities.

In the wake of massive cuts at the region's flagship employer, General Motors, the Rouge Valley Health System has announced its own plans to slice the mental health system to ribbons despite promises not to touch essential services.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union and the Ontario Nurses' Association and say the timing could not be worse.

"Our members support these workers. We know families are going to be desperate. Dalton McGuinty has been asking what he can do to help the people of Durham Region. We are calling on the government to step in here, reverse these cuts, and get this hospital back on course, to help in tough times," said OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas.

"As nurses, we have an obligation to speak out on behalf of communities to ensure they have sufficient nursing care to meet their needs," said ONA President Linda Haslam-Stroud, RN. The shuffling of nurses from one community to another must stop and hospital budgets should not be balanced through cuts to nurses at a time when this community needs more not less caring."

Ajax-Pickering is expected to lose 60 staff, while Centenary will cut another 160, including union, non-union and management personnel. Together the cuts represent about 7.5 per cent of all staff at the two-hospital health facility.

Contact Information

  • ONA
    Sheree Bond
    (416) 986-8240
    Rick Janson
    (416) 525-3324