Another successful Health Care Conference

May 8, 2014 at 2:28pm


IMG_4011Ninety Stewards from Local 175 attended the 2014 Annual Health Care Conference on May 7 & 8 in Toronto.

President Haggerty, opened the conference with a message about the precarious state of health care in this province. “Vital funding needed to run our facilities is gauged over and over again,” explained President Haggerty. “Our health care workers and our loved ones in their care deserve better from our government and it’s time we made that clear. It’s just another reason to get out and vote on June 12.”

Secretary-Treasurer Kelly Tosato welcomed some of the newest health care workers in Local 175 to the growing Health Office & Professional Employees (HOPE) sector of our Union. “We have 100 new members from Muskoka EMS and dispatch services as well as more than 300 new members from Ontario Addiction Treatment Centres across the province,” said Kelly. “I’m so happy to welcome them to our Union and I look forward to seeing them at our Health Care conferences in the future.”

On the first day, Stewards heard from experts on arbitration and violence in the workplace, absenteeism, and what Right to Work really means. On day two, Stewards took part in town hall forums: one for those in Community Health facilities, and the other for those working in retirement, and long-term care homes. Panel members included Reps, Legal Counsel, and Health & Safety and WSIB experts from the staff of the Union.

“These discussions are an opportunity to hear about our Stewards’ major concerns,” explained Secretary-Treasurer Tosato. “I know a lot of friendships are formed at these conferences. Their camaraderie is built from sharing ideas and experiences, and discussing solutions that have been successful.”

Thanks to everyone who attended for making this year’s conference another great one!