8/25/10

"Bob Chiarelli get off your butt and help us fight these hospital cuts!"

Yesterday about 200 people joined a rally called by OCHU and CUPE Local 2875 at Queensway Carleton Hospital in Ottawa to protest bed cuts. Queensway Carleton employees were joined by hospital workers from Cornwall, Brockville, and other points in eastern Ontario. Local 1974 at Kingston General chartered a bus. A few workers even came from OCHU Area 4. And it was a very pleasant protest.

Local 2875 President Ian Rayment called on local Liberal MPP Bob Chiarelli to come through and help the Local union stop the cuts.

The chant of the day? I nominate: "Bob Chiarelli get off your butt and help us fight these hospital cuts".  Local 2875 met with him a few months ago, to little avail. But Chiarelli has just been elevated to cabinet -- so he should have more ability to deliver now. We will see.

In the past, most hospital protests were in smaller cities, so this is something new. On September 2, a protest at Providence Healthcare (in Scarborough) brings the protests to Toronto.

dallan@cupe.ca

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