Former hospital nurse has her day at arbitration
Former hospital nurse accused of making false and damaging statements against the local hospital has her day at arbitration
Bay Today reports on the continuing grievance arbitration hearing of registered practical nurse, Sue McIntyre. Ms. McIntyre was fired from her job at the North Bay Regional Hospital for speaking out about employee safety and workplace violence at a union conference.
The remarks, which employer alleged were reckless and inaccurate, were reported in the press. However, Ms. McIntyre did not participate in any media interviews or know that her remarks would be reported.
The grievance arbitration hearing is ongoing.
Bay Today spoke with the lawyers for the parties, including Mark Wright. Mark represents Ms. McIntyre’s union, CUPE Local 139, and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions:
Wright says McIntyre requested the story be removed immediately, knowing she could be fired, but it was too late.
“It was a private conference, it wasn’t open to the public, she had no expectation that the things she said, were going to be reported in the press,” said Wright.
“She spoke with conviction about the problems she saw in the workplace dealing with these important issues, and for that she’s been fired. That doesn’t make sense to us.”
Wright pointed out, “the over all important issue here is whether or not employees can go to a conference, sponsored by a union, and talk about issues in the workplace in an attempt to make things better. And you’ve got to be able to do that, and that is what this case is about.”
The hearing will continue in June.