Stop Intimidation of
Workers, Says LRB
The Hospital Employees' Union is urging the Vancouver
Coastal Health Authority to implement a code of conduct for long-term
care facilities it funds after the BC Labour Relations Board ruled that Point Grey Private Hospital had engaged in unfair
labour practices in its dealing with unionized care aides.
In a ruling handed down
Monday, the BC Labour Relations Board found the facility's operator and
part owner Maureen McIntosh violated the labour code by suggesting to
employees that they decertify or change to a 'Christian' union in order
to maintain their wages and benefits.
Specifically, the Board
ruled that McIntosh interfered in the administration of a trade union
and that her actions were an attempt to compel or induce workers from
remaining members of a trade union.
HEU spokesperson Zorica
Bosancic says government legislation tearing up union contracts is an
open invitation to employers to engage in similar pressure tactics and
called on the VCHA to implement a code of conduct for all long-term
care facilities it funds to prevent such abuses.
"The health authority
needs to send a clear signal to the facilities it funds that abusing
workers' rights won't be tolerated in the programs that it funds," says
McIntosh contracted out
the work of housekeeping, laundry and food services workers at Point Grey Private Hospital last year. Lay off
notices to care aides at the facility were rescinded last fall.
Last year, workers at two
other facilities administered or partially owned by McIntosh
decertified. And care aides at the Lakeshore Care Centre in Coquitlam -
also partly owned by McIntosh - have been given notice of lay off
effective July 28. Housekeeping, laundry and dietary staff at Lakeshore
lost their jobs last year.