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OPSEU files application with Labour Board to save mental health jobs

Publication Date

Wednesday, September 9, 2009 (All day)

BROCKVILLE - The union representing over 200 skilled professionals at the Brockville Mental Health Centre (BMHC) has filed an application with the Ontario Relations Labour Board (OLRB) in order to keep trained professionals working in the mental health care field.

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU) has filed an application under the Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act (PSLRTA). If the application is successful, skilled professionals currently working at the BMHC would be allowed to follow their work when programs move to Ottawa on March 31, 2011.

OPSEU President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says that it makes little sense to throw away years of skill and expertise in the mental health care sector.

“Our members are, quite simply, the best in their field,” Thomas said. “All we are asking is that the employer allows these highly-skilled professionals to follow their work to Ottawa, and continue serving those with mental health issues.”

“More important, Thomas adds, is to prevent the loss of services in mental health care…services that are already at a premium”

Thomas also remarked, “The loss of this skilled workforce will cause irreparable harm to mental health care, and to the clients and families that rely on them.”