Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
Today, the membership of the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) includes 30,000 CUPE hospital, long-term care, ambulance and central laundry workers in 120 bargaining units across Ontario.
OCHU bargains a central collective agreement, coordinates grievances related to centrally negotiated language, conducts campaigns in defense of a universally accessible, public healthcare system, and assists with organizing drives throughout the province. OCHU often works with other unions and community coalitions to support and coordinate joint campaigns in the health care sector.
OCHU also co-ordinates arbitrations for grievances that have provincial implications and arranges educationals on a variety of topics for the executive and membership in conjunction with CUPE’s Union Development branch.
The OCHU Secretary-Treasurer and First Vice-President sit on the Board of the Hospitals of Ontario Pension Plan (HOOPP), representing CUPE’s plan members.
OCHU has several occupational and issue- oriented committees which include: Health and Safety, Trades, Registered Practical Nurses’ (RPN), Continuing Care/Long-term Care and Paramedical workers committees.
For more information about OCHU, please visit http://www.ochu.on.ca/