Hires Lawyer at $800.00/Hour To Fight Its Own Employees
The manager of Northern Health (NH) in Prince Rupert did not like one of her maintenance employees and so she decided to fire them all. It is estimated that NH will spend over $2,000,000.00 of our tax dollars in this attempt. There were five employees and she will spend about $400,000.00 on each employee in her attempt to prove to these employees and their union that she has the power to fire them.
Several hundred thousand dollars were spent to make unneeded changes to the hospital hot water boilers and laundry facilities in order to justify terminating these employees. NH now uses three times more bleach to clean the laundry because they shut down one hot water boiler. We don’t understand how all this bleach can be good for the patients of the Hospital or the residents in Acropolis Manor or for the staff who work in Laundry.
The union representing these employees has objected to her actions and went to the BC Labour Board. The NH Board of Directors has given tactic approval to defend this manager and allowed her to hire the most expensive lawyer in BC to represent her and NH. It is reported he charges $800.00 / hour for his services.
The hearings at the Labour Board in Vancouver have been going on for several months now and look to go on for at least another six months. We estimate each day of hearings costs NH over $20,000.00. There are legal fees (at $800.00/hr), the cost of flying at least three high priced NH managers in from Prince Rupert and Prince George, food, wine, high cost meals and expensive downtown Vancouver hotels. We hear a rumour that NH now wants to fly a witness in from Ottawa just to prove a point. All on your tax dollars.
Where is the reasonableness in what is happening? How does our government and the NH Board of Directors allow managers to run amok and spend millions of taxpayer’s dollars just because they don’t like an employee?
The government says they don’t have enough money to give their health care workers a modest raise. They would have the money if they made their hospital managers and board directors more responsible for where money is spent. We want all of the hard working employees in Prince Rupert, who will get no raise this year, to say thanks to the 4th floor manager who is spending their raise on legal fees and trips to Vancouver.
We wish NH would spend our hard-earned tax dollars on treating sick people and giving their employees a decent wage rather than supporting a manager’s personal vendetta against some employees she does not like.
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