Important Information for Voting
The vote is an electronic vote and it will take place from Noon on Wednesday, September 15th to Noon on Thursday, September 16th.
A Personal Identification Number (“PIN”) will be sent to all individual’s employer email address, for whom the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) received an email address from the Employer, by end of day on: Tuesday September 14, 2021
If you do not receive a PIN, or require assistance to vote, you should call the OLRB Help Desk during the hours of operation listed below. If you get their voicemail, you should leave a detailed message with your full name, contact information, and OLRB case number: 1094-21-R and a Labour Relations Officer will respond to the message as soon as possible.
The OLRB Help Desk Telephone: 647-228-5639 or 416-420.6914. Please only call one number or the other.
OLRB Help Desk Hours of Operation: September 15 (1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.) and September 16 (9:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m.). All times listed are Eastern Time.
Don’t Sell Yourself Short!
Hospital Workers at Greystone Deserve Hospital Wages
You may have received a memo from the employer making an announcement about their upcoming plans to increase wages and benefits. In this memo the employer mentions that they asked CUPE about whether they should proceed to make the announcement given the upcoming vote. CUPE did advise the employer that they should wait to make the announcement after the vote because offering an increase to wages and benefits is an attempt to influence your vote.
The employer also states it is unfair to make you wait for the announcement even though it has absolutely no impact on when you will receive this increase. They could certainly have waited two more days to make the announcement. Instead the day before you are set to vote on joining CUPE they make an announcement of an increase to wages and benefits in a desperate attempt to prevent you from joining a union.
CUPE is glad to see that they are recognizing that you and your colleagues deserve much higher rates of pay than you currently receive and yes, it is a good start, but it is still not enough. Even with these two increases you and your colleagues fall well short of what your counterparts in the hospital are making. But not only do CUPE hospital workers earn a higher regular wage they also have these additional benefits to name a few:
- 14% in lieu of benefits for part time workers
- Job security language to protect them from layoffs
- Vacation entitlement that increases with years of service
- A Pension Plan
- Short term disability of 75 days for EACH NEW occurrence
- Protection from being terminated or disciplined without just cause
The beds at Greystone are hospital beds, the work being done at Greystone is hospital work, you are hospital workers’ and you deserve to be paid a hospital rate of pay.
Bayshore’s attempt to buy your vote tomorrow is not only unacceptable, it is a violation of the Ontario Labour Relations Act and accordingly, CUPE will be filing an Unfair Labour Practice complaint with the Labour Board.