Nursing Home Collective Bargaining is based on an old fashioned model highly out of date:
The public needs accurate information about the CUPE/Nursing Homes Dispute, not simply a recitation of positions given by sound bytes in the media that only convey bargaining positions.
Collective bargaining was originally conceived during times in which employers took advantage of workers in their quest for profits! For many years, the role of unions was paramount in bringing civility to working conditions and fair compensation. History records many high profile strikes erupting into violence as the two sides to the dispute fought for their respective positions.
Nursing homes have been challenging places in which to work and some have been fairly unpleasant. Such is not generally the case now as many nursing homes have been replaced with modern facilities that have labor-saving equipment and much better programming. Read more here
Ken McGeorge, BS,DHA,CHE is a career health care executive based in Fredericton, NB, Canada.