On October 27, 2020, contract negotiations began with Fairfield Park and Broulliette Manor. The union proposed modest changes to the collective agreement, which were immediately rejected by the employer`s legal representatives. Employers` representatives provided the union with more than six pages of concessions, including wage cuts, health services, leave and more hours of work. „Employers` approach of treating our members as zeroes rather than heroes is insulting and disrespectful,” said Tullio DiPonti, President of Unifor Local 2458. „At a time when these health heroes are risking their lives to care for others, their employer turns around and presents a list of concessions and says that`s what you`re worth. This employer should be ashamed. Let us return to the negotiating table and negotiate a fair collective agreement, free of any concessions. „We welcome an agreement that recognizes the value of the work of members,” said Tullio DiPonti, Secretary-Treasurer of Local 2458. „We appreciate the support we have received from the public in this work operation.
Now that we have a resolution, members are eager to restore quality service to patients in the Windsor community. Medical and medical laboratory technicians, represented by Unifor Local 2458, have ratified a preliminary agreement with Windsor Medical Laboratories that ends a three-week strike. WINDSOR – Health care staff, represented by Unifor Local 2458, will step up action by holding a rally in front of the Fairfield Park retirement home to demand a fair and fair collective. The union is firmly committed to entering into an agreement that meets the needs of members working at both Fairfield Park and Broulliette Manor. „I am very proud of what the negotiating committee has accomplished,” said Katha Fortier, Unifor`s assistant to the National President. „This agreement is a start to addressing public and private sector inequalities in Ontario`s health care system.” „I negotiated a lot of contracts in my day, but I`ve never seen an employer so overtly disrespectful,” said Chris Taylor, representative of Unifor National Staff. „The pandemic has forced long-term workers across the country to do more with less, and we have an employer here who is asking these COVID heroes to adopt all the new protocols and get nothing in return. Our members will not feel worthless, and we will continue to strengthen our actions until they get the respect and dignity they deserve. „We`re hurt, we`re being abused there, the people are residents we`ve never dealt with in the past, and it`s not their fault,” Taylor says.
„They`re right here, they want to be cared for, their families want to make sure they`re being cared for, and that`s part of our goal.” „It`s a message for Mike Putt, if he thinks he`s going to silence us by sending me this letter, it won`t work,” DiPonti said. „We`re going to draw attention to this issue, whether they like it or not, we`re going to make sure these residents get the care they deserve, and whatever we do, we`ll do it.” Local President Tullio DiPonti said he had received a letter threatening to take legal action and appeal to the police if union members went to the company grounds for the event.