Rehabilitation professionals at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital join OPSEU

Soldiers' Memorial Hospital

ORILLIA – The Ontario Public Services Employees Union is proud to welcome more than 65 Rehabilitation Allied Health Professionals at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital in Orillia.

The professional frontline staff provide a variety of rehabilitation services which include mental health assessments, counselling and treatment. The new members are Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists, Occupational Therapy and Physical Therapy Assistants, Social Workers, Speech Language Pathologists and Communicative Disorder Assistants.

Effective January 5, 2016, the new members join a unit of all technical Allied Health Professionals as well as office and clerical staff. OPSEU now represents more than 340 members at Soldiers Memorial Hospital.

Sara Labelle, Chair of OPSEU’s Hospital Professionals Division, extended warm greetings to the new members. "The rehabilitation staff at Soldiers’ Memorial Hospital make a great addition to our ever-growing Hospital Professionals Division,” Labelle said.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas welcomed the new members. “Now, more than ever, workers need a union, especially in health care. For Ontario’s Health Care Professionals, OPSEU is really the only choice,” Thomas said.

OPSEU has been representing health care professionals since the early 1970s and has grown from several hundred to almost 25,000 professionals.  OPSEU’s HPD executive is made up of health care professionals who advocate on behalf of Allied Health Professionals across Ontario.