Westman Lab Info Picket Draws Attention to Recruitment, Retention Issues
Apr 18, 2017
On Tuesday, April 18, members of Westman Lab - Local 351 spent their lunch hour picketing outside the Brandon Regional Health Centre to draw attention to unfair wages causing potential diagnostic service issues in the region.
Today, lab technologists and technicians from Westman Lab held a lunch-hour information picket outside the Brandon Regional Health Centre in order to send a clear message to the Provincial government: recruitment and retention issues at the lab are threatening diagnostic services for Western Manitobans.
“The members of Local 351 perform specialized testing for many, many patients across Manitoba. The work they do is vital to ensuring patients get an appropriate diagnosis and the treatment they need,” said MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky. “However, though it defies common sense, they currently make far less per hour than their counterparts working in other Manitoba labs. ”
Westman Lab's 120 lab technologists and technicians have been without a contract for over three years and are paid seven percent less than those who do the exact same work across the province.
“These members are saying enough is enough,” said Gawronsky. "They deserve an equitable wage and Westman residents deserve the same quality of diagnostic care as those in Winnipeg and other areas."