Union removes ads urging hospital to take action on workplace violence

23 assaults in September show CAMH is 'failing' staff and patients, says union president
|hrreporter.com|Last Updated: 11/21/2008

The Ontario Public Service Employees Union has removed bus shelter ads urging a Toronto hospital to address workplace violence, replacing them with ads that don't name any particular employer.

The old posters featured a photograph of a woman with a bruised face. The caption read: "No more excuses: The Centre for Addiction and Mental Health must protect its staff from violence. It's the law."

The campaign was in response to ongoing violence at the hospital, including 23 reported assaults this September alone. The posters incited heated debate, with people in the psychiatric community worried the posters further stigmatized people with mental illness.