City wades into hospital's laundry worker dispute
Councillor Fern Cormier says city has ‘a right to question’ hospital’s decision to lay off laundry workers
Sudbury city council has decided to get involved in a decision made by Health Sciences North.
Last fall, the hospital decided to change providers for its laundry services — a move that will result in the layoff of about 38 people.
After heated debate last night, council approved a motion — which wasn't on the night's agenda— to compile an economic impact evaluation of the decision.
The plan is to use city money and time to create the report.
Council will then send the report to provincial decision makers and Health Sciences North with the hope of helping the laid off workers.
Councillor Al Sizer, the lone vote against the motion, said he wasn't comfortable voting on another organization's decisions.
Councillor Fern Cormier said that taxpayers should be questioning HSN's decisions, since they help fund the hospital.
"Yes, we have a right to question [HSN's decision,]" Cormier said, "what I'm going to suggest here is that having a little bit of meat to put on the bone from our economic development department in that letter with the respect to the impact that it's going to have on our community."
'Shipping our laundry down south doesn't make any sense:' CUPE
CUPE representative Kathy Donnelly said she thinks council did the right thing by listening to concerned voices in the city.
"I think this speaks volume to where we are politically," Donnelly said, "we should be pursuing these jobs to stay here. There are jobs here, and shipping our laundry down south doesn't make any sense."
With files from Samantha Samson