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Saturday, March 12, 2016

UPDATE: Dispute at Health Team

Owen Sound | by Kevin Bernard  

Survey prompts managment at Family Health Team to address issues.

The Executive Director of the Owen Sound Family Health Team is offering to work hard through the collective bargaining agreement, to address concerns expressed by Unionized employees.

Caroline Rafferty has not returned calls from Bayshore Broadcasting News.

Instead, she has posted an advisory to patients and staff on the Owen Sound Family Health Team website.

It says management has engaged a third party expert in workplace safety to provide employees with training in harassment and violence prevention.

The advisory also says the Family Health Team expects to engage the Ministry of Labours Dispute resolution services for additional support and training.

Rafferty expressed surprise and disappointment that the Union had gone to the media with health and safety concerns.

In the statement, the Executive Director says those concerns have been raised in the abstract and that no details have been provided.

Officials at the Ministry of Health in Toronto tell Bayshore Broadcasting news it is an internal matter between the Union and Management.

You may remember on February 19th, OPSEU local 276 released details of a survey it did of workers at the facility.

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."

Local 276 OPSEU staff representative David Cox told Bayshore Broadcasting at the time, that some employees had been bullied and harassed.

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 of OPSEU.

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



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