President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is praising OPSEU’s newest members for showing tenacity and commitment in their fight to join the union.
The 86 members at Orillia’s Champlain Manor Retirement Residence spent a year-and-a-half trying to join OPSEU’s family and their hopes became reality this week.
“In these uncertain political times it just makes sense to be represented by our union, which has a proven track record in protecting its members’ jobs,” Thomas said. “These members realized it’s smart to be on a ship that can handle stormy seas.”
“The employer unnecessarily delayed and complicated the process,” said Thomas. “But I’ve got to hand it to these members. They stayed strong and kept their eyes on the prize.”
The employer’s challenge to an initial vote resulted in the ballot boxes being sealed. For nearly a year, the workers remained determined to have their voices heard. Members chose OPSEU over the existing employees association in a representation vote ordered by the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB).
Joan Corradetti, Chair of OPSEU’s Long-Term Care sector, offered a warm welcome to these newest members. “It’s been a long time coming, but life is about to change for the better for workers at Champlain Manor. They now have a real voice in their workplace.”
Workers at Champlain Manor include Registered Nurses, housekeepers, personal support workers, guest attendants, clerical support, and numerous other staff who provide services in this assisted living community which serves Simcoe County.