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Friday, August 31, 2018

Owen Sound Picketers Hit By Cars

Owen Sound | by Kevin Bernard  

Police are investigating after numerous incidents where picketers have been bumped.

No charges have been laid, yet..... as Owen Sound police continue to investigate several incidents that have occurred at the Owen Sound Family Health Team building.

Members of OPSEU have been on strike since May 22nd, but in the last few weeks there have been up to a dozen incidents where picketers have been bumped or hit by cars trying to get into the parking lot.

OPSEU President Warren "Smokey" Thomas tells Bayshore Broadcasting News, one striking picketer had her foot run over and she has some broken bones.

He asks "In what Universe would it ever be acceptable under any circumstances to use a car as a weapon and drive through a group of people."

Thomas says the vast majority of people going in to see a doctor are sympathetic or at least understand that OPSEU has a right to hold them up for 3 minutes before going into the parking lot.

However, he feels some of the people driving in are not even going to see a doctor, but are simply union haters who are looking to cause a dispute.

Owen Sound Police Inspector Jeff Fluney says officers have been called to the Family Health Team building several times and there are number of ongoing investigations.

At this point, no charges have been filed but police are reviewing video evidence provided by the union.

Meanwhile, Smokey Thomas says lawyers for the doctors group have told OPSEU they want to meet on September 4th.

However, he has not heard where and when.

The strike affects about 30 staff at the Owen Sound Family Health Organization.

Meanwhile, Owen Sound police are looking for your help as they investigate an incident at the Family Health Team building from Thursday.

At about 12:45 in the afternoon, police were called by striking OPSEU members, who allege a woman entering the parking lot struck a picketer causing a small abrasion to his shin.

A Union member tells Bayshore Broadcasting news, the driver backed out and then drove into the picketers again. 

He claims the picketers were simply protecting themselves.

Owen Sound police in a news release, said some of the strikers retaliated by striking the vehicle she was in, resulting in several dents and a broken windshield.

Anyone with information is asked to call Owen Sound Police Constable Gurney at 519-376-1234 ext 174.


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