RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 2, 2013 /CNW/ - A tentative agreement between
SEIU Healthcare, representing more than 4,500 personal support workers
(PSWs), and Red Cross Care Partners, the largest for-profit homecare
agency in Ontario, has been rejected in a ratification vote by SEIU
Sharleen Stewart, SEIU Healthcare president, said the ball is now in the
"Our members are sick and tired of being exploited and taken for
granted. If Red Cross wants to avoid a strike, they will have to stop
paying poverty-level wages to people who put their heart and soul into
taking care of vulnerable clients."
Ratification meetings were held across the province during the last two
weeks, where details of the tentative agreement were met with
disappointment by members. The rejection vote sends a strong a message
that members are prepared to strike to back their fight for justice.
Ms. Stewart said the union remains in a legal strike position:
"Nobody wants to strike in this economy, but these workers deserve a
living wage and to be treated with respect for the role they play in
sustaining our healthcare system."
SEIU Healthcare has reported the results of the ratification vote to the
employer and is waiting for a response. Next steps are underway to
prepare for a province-wide strike.
About SEIU Healthcare
SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community
service workers across Ontario. The union's members work in hospitals,
home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services
throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of
improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare
workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members,
and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient
and client care. www.seiuhealthcare.ca
SOURCE: SEIU Healthcare
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