Message from: President, CUPE Local 1974, KGH
Kingston General Hospital is planning to buy almost all of its food in Toronto. That means millions of dollars that could be spent with farmers, merchants and workers in the Kingston area will disappear down the 401.
Kingston has always supported the Hospital. In fact, every Kingston homeowner is paying a special tax to support the Hospital Foundation. The Hospital should support us in return. The Board of Directors of the Hospital has one last chance to stop this bad deal.
In 2009, the Hospital approved a Kingston-based plan to replace the current foodservices system. The plan was developed by local people on the Hospital’s nutrition services team and included enhancing the quality of the food served to patients, staff and visitors, saving money and modernizing the kitchens. The plan also included the Hospital Women’s Auxiliary who were going to secure a well-known coffee shop franchise and turn all the profits over to the Hospital.
In 2010, the Hospital pulled the rug out from under the local agreement and opened the bid to more suppliers. The local team was not allowed to make a presentation and the foodservices contract is about to be handed to Compass Group, a multinational company that prepares its food in the Toronto area. This company will also own the new coffee shop franchise that the Women’s Auxiliary was supposed to have.