Intense weekend bargaining for 75,000 Ontario hospital workers whose three unions formed a unique alliance in provincial negotiations has resulted in a tentative contract with hospital employers.
The settlement comes after weeks of mobilizing, rallying and doing visible workplace actions under the banner of ‘Together For Respect’, at more than 100 hospitals across Ontario by hospital workers with CUPE, SEIU Healthcare and Unifor.
“Frequently, hospital workers are activists for quality patient care and services in communities across Ontario,” says SEIU president Sharleen Stewart. “It is with much humility that they came forward to advocate for their own working conditions and respect in the workplace. Together, our three unions were able to accomplish something that, on our own, we would not have been able to do.”