Halton Hospital Workers Vote to Join Union
Lab workers at Halton Healthcare have voted in favour of joining the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU).
“We’re delighted with the outcome,” said Jennifer Green, a lab technologist at the Oakville campus of Halton Healthcare since 2008, who campaigned in favour of joining OPSEU.
Health and safety issues, inadequate staffing levels, and workload were cited as the key reasons behind the decision by 120 Halton Healthcare laboratory professionals to join the union, according to the union.
Those issues will only intensify, says the union, when the hospital - which also operates a campus in Georgetown - expands capacity at its Milton facility by 150 beds in October.
OPSEU’s regional VP Lucy Morton says more and more hospitals in the province are facing the prospect of mergers.
Halton Healthcare operates three community hospitals: Oakville Trafalgar Memorial Hospital and Milton District Hospital amalgamated in 1998 and Georgetown Hospital joined in 2006.
Together, these three hospitals provide care to more than 330,000 residents in Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills.