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OPSEU Diablogue: Video: The millionaire CEO vs. the $12.88/hour home support worker

Striking home care workers from Renfrew County were told yesterday by hired security guards that there was no one at Extendicare’s Markham headquarters to meet with them — not even their millionaire CEO. It appears the executives fled in the face … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Libs say budget “platform for next 30 days” after NDP vows to pull the plug

Well that was quick. NDP Leader Andrea Horwath told the media this morning that she cannot support the Wynne budget, or more specifically, the Wynne government. Horwath’s remarks suggested it wasn’t so much about the content of yesterday’s budget, but … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Stumped – Kingston’s Providence Care erases memorial to former staff

“It felt like digging up his grave,” said Terry Haffner. A housekeeper at Kingston’s Providence Care, Haffner was disturbed to find a memorial garden to long-serving staff had been cut down and the plaques removed by the hospital without any … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: LHIN Review: Unifying a system, dividing a community

You have to feel a little bit for the MPPs that are sitting on the all-party Standing Committee on Social Policy. Somehow in the sweet victory of election night it is unlikely the elated victors dreamed of this – spending … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: LHINs should integrate with the Ministry of Health — Thomas

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas appears before the Standing Committee on Social Policy this morning in Kingston. The Queen’s Park Committee, made up of MPPs from all three parties, is conducting the review into the Local Health Integration Networks mandated … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Underpaid PSWs locked out after refusing wage concessions

The March of Dimes is a registered charity that helps Ontarians with disabilities live independently. Recently the charity locked out about 30 Oakville Personal Support Workers (PSWs) after they refused to give in to wage concessions. These OPSEU-represented PSWs are … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Video: The incredible shrinking Kingston hospital

Following Monday’s demonstration outside the former Kingston psychiatric hospital, Providence Care is now telling staff that the job cuts and bed closures taking place are not about funding? Really? Even though the hospital is running at capacity, even though it is next to impossible to … Continue reading →

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OPSEU Diablogue: Kingston psychiatric hospital sheds about a fifth of its workforce to cope with $6 million cut

KINGSTON – Facing $6 million in budget cuts, Providence Care is telling staff today of one of the biggest job losses in the history of the former Kingston Psychiatric hospital. The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has been told the … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Summer election may be fought over sneaky clause in budget bill

Dalton McGuinty is threatening to pull the plug on his own government after the opposition parties amended his budget bill yesterday in the legislature’s finance committee. Like the Harper government budget bill, the McGuinty government inserted a large number of … Continue reading →