Media Advisory - Victory party for terminally ill homeworker now able to stay in Canada: Struggle continues to change the law



    
     WHAT: Celebration of Juana Tejada's right to permanent residency in
                   Canada, launch of campaign to change law
     WHERE: Trinity St. Paul United Church, 427 Bloor St. West, Toronto
               WHEN: 2 p.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday August 24, 2008
       WHO: Juana Tejada, her friends and supporters, MP Olivia Chow,
      MP Peggy Nash, sponsored by the Independent Workers Association -
                             Home Worker Section
    

    TORONTO, Aug. 21 /CNW/ - Media are invited to join in a victory
celebration for ailing homeworker Juana Tejada, who now has permanent resident
status in Canada following a campaign to allow the terminally-ill woman to
remain in this country.
    Now that Tejada has won her right to stay in Canada, the coalition known
as the Independent Workers Association - Home Workers Section is launching a
campaign to change the Immigration Act and get rid of the requirement for a
second medical for live-in caregivers once they have completed all other
requirements under the federal Live-In Caregiver Program (LCP).
    The "Juana Tejada Law" would mean that no more otherwise-worthy
candidates for permanent residency would be rejected on the basis of illnesses
contracted during their three years of working in Canada under the program.
Currently, the LCP screens workers' health prior to being accepted into the
program, but demands another medical once they have successfully completed all
other requirements for permanent resident status.
    Tejada's cancer was detected during her second medical and she was twice
rejected for permanent status. The Independent Workers Association - Home
Workers Section, a joint initiative of the United Steelworkers (USW) union and
Migrante Ontario, took up Tejada's cause along with her lawyer, Rafael
Fabregas.
    The Home Workers Section was formed to offer representation to LCP
caregivers, as well as those who are independent home workers and permanent
residents. The majority of these home workers are from the Philippines.
    The USW is committed to finding ways to defend the interests of
marginalized workers who do not have traditional bargaining relationships with
employers.

    Migrante-Ontario is a chapter of Migrante International, a global
alliance of more than 100 overseas Filipino organizations in 22 countries.
Migrante's mission is to uphold and defend the rights and welfare of Filipino
migrants and their families.

    Canada's most diverse union, the USW represents more than 280,000 men and
women working in every sector of Canada's economy.





For further information:

For further information: Peter Leibovitch (USW District 6), (416)
243-8792; Marco Luciano (Migrante Ontario), (647) 205-5908; Connie Sorio (Home
Workers Section), (647) 200-2839


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