Letter - Former employee says housing authority staff treated poorly

Letter

Dear Editor

Not only do Battlefords Housing Authority seniors live in fear, so do all the staff.

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To my knowledge there have been more than five staff members who have brought concerns to Human Rights, Labour standards, Occupation Health and Safety or to the courts recently. Employees feel BHA has harassed, discriminated against, bullied and wrongfully dismissed. Some employees were close to their retirement, some are single parents and everyone knows we all depend on our paycheque and health benefits.

Staff members have tried to resolve these issues by open discussion with board members (past and present), managers and maintenance supervisor with no results.

BHA management and supervisors appear to have not followed safety, confidentiality and SHC policies, directly afflicting risk to employees and to tenants. BHA has had many issues in the last two years that have not been addressed and resolved, eg. bedbugs, safety, security and minimum living standards.

Should Saskatchewan Housing Corporation ensure management and supervisors are treating staff members with dignity and respect? If this is truly a government subsidized social program, why do the tenants and staff get treated so poorly? These staff members should receive a letter of apology and a healthy settlement for the years of disrespect and loss of dignity.

Richard Rosendahl

North Battleford

Editor’s note: Richard Rosendahl says he was let go by the Battlefords Housing Authority in October of 2018 and he is pursuing legal recourse.

 

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