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Saturday, February 20, 2016

Work Issues at Family Health Team

Owen Sound | by Bayshore News Staff  

Health, safety questioned at healthcare centre; survey reveals toxic workplace.

An OPSEU Local 276 survey regarding workplace conditions at the Owen Sound Family Health Team has yielded bleak results.

Two-thirds of the Union's membership participated in the poll; 84 per cent rated the workplace atmosphere poorly, while 94 per cent reported "feeling very stressed."

David Cox is a City-based OPSEU Staff Representative -- and he tells Bayshore Broadcasting News employees also said they'd been bullied and harassed.

He says the Union will now investigate the concerns, and there's been a back-and-forth with the Family Health Team's management about the poll.

Cox suggests the Family Health Team has difficulty retaining its nurses and clerical staff, and he attributes the vacancies to a toxic corporate culture.

President of OPSEU, Warren (Smokey) Thomas, has expressed alarm and frustration at the survey, particularly the claims of intimidation.

Thomas says "When you've got two-thirds of employees saying they've been bullied or harassed, the employer has to take immediate action".

The survey asked employees to respond to 16 key questions, and 31 of the Family Health Team's 41 Unionized workers participated.

The Owen Sound-based facility is a new bargaining unit that's part of Local 276.

It was organized in September 2015, and members ratified their first collective agreement in January of 2016.




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