An excerpt from the above linked-to article by Martin Regg Cohn follows:
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CarePartners demanded that its nurses pay the full freight for Wynne’s promised Ontario Retirement Pension Plan (ORPP) — not just the employee share, but the mandated employer contribution (plus administration costs). Never mind the premier’s pledge that the ORPP would be a cost-shared plan.
A private company whose revenues derive from the public purse is trying to dump its full Ontario pension costs on workers. And Wynne’s Liberal government is watching from the sidelines.
CarePartners declined to comment on its pension demands. Vice-president of operations Karen MacNeil referred all questions to an outside public relations specialist, Bill Walker, who replied with a one-line email not responding to the pension question. The company later sent a news release boasting of superior “patient satisfaction” based on a “recent informal patient survey.”
OPSEU president Smokey Thomas is “flabbergasted” by the company’s proposed pension dodge, and furious about the government’s inattention — and inaction.
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Twice I tried to post the following comment. A Star gatekeeper, or gatekeepers, really didn’t like my comment. It would be interesting to know why:
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Private operators squeeze nurses in public home care: Cohn | Toronto Star
“…replied with a one-line email not responding to the pension question. The company later sent a news release boasting of superior “patient satisfaction” based on a “recent informal patient survey.”” In the meantime, the caregivers are having heart attacks. Losers!
This reminds me of the big, tax evading Canadian banks (http://bit.ly/1Nebp8Q). I don’t know whether they’re still doing this crap because I’m not in banks much, but they love to shove those signs in branch customers’ faces ordering them, practically, to not leave the bank until they tell the tellers how great they’ve been served. That’s so that the bank can turn around and [steal] the thunder by claiming that their banks are seen as heroes to their customers. But how you are treated, in person by grunts cashing your cheques etc, and how the bank behaves, which those grunts have no say in, are two different things.
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