CHUM Superhospital held $44,000 party for management
CHUM Superhospital – On December 21st 2017, a party at the Mount Stephen Hotel was held for the CHUM superhospital’s management ‘to thank upper management for all their hard work during the recent move to the new facility’. According to Radio-Canada, who obtained the information through the Access to Information Act, the party – which did not include the front line workers who deal with heavy workloads, cost a whopping $44,236 for the 312 CHUM managers and directors in attendance.
The move and merger, bringing together three of its hospitals under one roof at the new site in downtown Montreal, was completed last November after several delays.
With just the cost for 62 bottles of red wine and 76 bottles of white wine at $50 each (plus tax) totalling $7,935, as well as 49 beers – the alcohol bill amounted to around $8,300.
“It was an exceptional evening because we had an exceptional year,” Irène Marcheterre, CHUM spokesperson told Radio-Canada. “Some managers worked more than 20 hours, even 30 hours more per week during the move. So this party was a way to thank them for their time and commitment.”
Needless to say, the union representing health care workers at the CHUM are furious, saying that ‘throwing an extravagant party for management is out of touch’.
“This is indecent given the recent budget cuts we went through,” said APTS union representative Nathalie Chalifoux, adding “that while managers did work very hard during the move and launch of the new superhospital, there are other ways to thank employees besides offering them alcohol and gastronomic meals.”
Jeff Begley, president of the Fédération de la santé et des services sociaux (FSSS), representing 110,000 health workers in Quebec, said ‘the expensive party shows a lack of judgment on the part of administrators’ and that ‘it would have been a real gift for someone like an orderly, who worked just as hard as a manager’.
Irène Marcheterre justified the party saying, “Unionized employees can bill their overtime hours and they are paid for that. That is not the case for managers.”
She also said ‘that there will not be such a big party again next year’.
Given the cries from the hospitals about lack of funding from the government, perhaps spending cash like that was not the most favourable thing to do.
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