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OPSEU files bad-faith bargaining complaint over wage freezes

Global News is reporting on OPSEU’s bad-faith bargaining complaint over the wage freezes management wants to impose on a group of mostly women who do clerical work at the Peterborough Regional Health Centre.

“In September, an arbitrator ruled the members of OPSEU Local 345 deserve a contract that includes reasonable wage increases over five years,” OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas is quoted as saying.

“But it’s clear now that management never intended to honour the arbitrator’s ruling. They’re trying to use a secretive and suspect job evaluation process to weasel out of the contract.”

“This is an attack on women, pure and simple,” Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer is quoted as saying. “OPSEU Local 345 is 98 per cent women, and it’s the only local at the hospital that’s being targeted with a wage freeze.”