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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

GBHS Cuts Speech Pathologists

Grey Bruce | by Manny Paiva  

OPSEU upset speech pathologists jobs will not be transferred to Health Unit.

OPSEU is upset about the loss of speech pathologists at Grey Bruce Health Services.

The hospital has cut the jobs of seven speech pathologists and assistants -- hoping they will apply for new jobs at the Grey Bruce Health Unit.

The workers -- who help children with speech problems -- received their layoff notice last Thursday (Mar 31) and their final day will be August 31st.

The Ministry of Children and Youth has approved the transfer of the program to the Health Unit -- but the hospital says it wasn't able to reach an agreement.

OPSEU President Warren "Smokey" Thomas alleges the Health Unit wants to take on the work without paying the existing salaries and benefits of the displaced workers.

He calls it a "bald-faced attempt" to save money on the backs of these workers.

The union is arguing the workers should be able to transfer with their rights intact, as have other displaced health care workers across Ontario.

Thomas says he is not surprised by the health unit's move.

He says it may backfire as parents may lose access to speech pathology for their children.

 


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