TORONTO, Dec. 8, 2011 /CNW/ - Runaway executive compensation at
Ontario's hospitals needs to be capped by the province so savings can
be invested in vital services like mother-and-infant health programs
and senior care, according to the Service Employees International Union
(SEIU), which represents more than 50,000 frontline healthcare workers
Frontline staff dismissed efforts by the CEO of the Ontario Hospital
Association (OHA) to use a self-appointed panel to deflect mounting
frustration over the failure to rein in CEO pay - which continues to
soar as executives pocket double-digit pay increases despite calls for
restraint, according to public sector salary disclosures.
SEIU pointed out that in announcing the self-appointed panel on CEO pay,
the OHA failed to disclose the head of the panel is also the CEO of the
Canadian Council of Chief Executives - and called for full disclosure
of all payments, expenses and honorariums paid to panel members by
"The CEO of the hospital association has retained the CEO of Canada's
very own CEO association to review CEO pay - and tried to call it
independent. Really? Do they think the rest of us were born yesterday?"
asked Sharleen Stewart, head of SEIU.
"To top it off, the OHA added to their self-appointed panel a member of
the board of Sun Life Financial, which recently approved a whopping
115% raise for the CEO of the Bay Street firm to bring the executive's
compensation up to $8.5-million. This is who hospital CEOs are taking
"Hospital CEOs are out of touch and continue to take more than their
fair share. This panel is about the wealthiest 1% covering for each
other, while the other 99% of society gets shut out."
SEIU called for the province to cap hospital CEO pay, and convene a
truly independent panel that would allow frontline staff, patients and
their families to provide input on ways to reduce excessive layers of
management at Ontario's hospitals and drive quality and value in the
province's healthcare system.
WHAT: Reaction to the OHA panel on executive compensation policies and
practices in Ontario hospitals
WHEN: Friday, December 9th, 2011, at 10:45 a.m.
WHERE: The Sutton Place Hotel, 955 Bay Street, Toronto, Ontario