OPSEU/SEFPO: health centre’s lawyer is forcing racialized workers on strike

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OPSEU/SEFPO says the negotiator for the Black Creek Community Health Centre is bullying and playing mind games with its largely racialized unionized workforce and forcing them onto the picket lines.

OPSEU/SEFPO President Warren (Smokey) Thomas says in the past couple of days a Toronto lawyer named Rachel Davis, has completely taken over the talks and the health centre’s executive director has been sidelined.

“We are very close to a deal, and we could have one if this inexperienced lawyer wasn’t trying to make a name for herself by trying to bully and intimidate a group of front-line heroes,” said Thomas. “These workers just want to continue supporting their community during the biggest health care crisis in a generation, and they’re willing to accept the same government-mandated one per cent increases pending our union’s Charter challenge.

“We know the health centre can afford these modest wages but Ms. Davis will be the cause of the disruption of the services in the community.

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