Strike may be only option for Ontario Red Cross Home Care workers



    Stike votes to be conducted across province after negotiations meet
    impasse

    TORONTO, June 13 /CNW/ - Contract bargaining between members of the
Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada and the Red Cross
have broken down after weeks of negotiation.
    "At this point the Red Cross has no intention of giving a fair contract,"
says SEIU's Chief Negotiator, Cathy Carroll.
    "The employer is offering insufficient compensation for the value of
work, skill and contribution that Home Care workers provide their clients and
the Ontario health care system. The Red Cross's proposal - from an
organization viewed by the public as flag bearer of compassion - not only
denies their home care workers a fair wage, it denies them the kind of dignity
that you think the Red Cross would be the champion of."
    Despite the assistance of a conciliation officer from the Ministry of
Labour, the SEIU home care negotiating team was forced to reject the Red
Cross's latest proposal, citing the employer's unwillingness to address
compensation for travel time, offer sufficient improvement on mileage
allowance, sick leave provisions, benefits, or provide a vacation equivalent
to allow Home Care providers to catch up with other health care workers.
    "The employer claims that travel time, our Home Care members' highest
priority, is a nonstarter," Carroll says. "How can you deny a Home Care
worker's claim for travel compensation when so many Home Care workers spend
hours travelling from one client to another in a single day?
    As a result of the breakdown in negotiations, strike votes are scheduled
across the province from Jun. 13 to Jul. 25. Bargaining is scheduled to resume
Jul 30 and 31.
    SEIU Home Care workers expect to return with a strong mandate to strike
if required.

    SEIU Local 1 Canada represents 46,000 health care workers in hospitals,
long term care, nursing and seniors' homes, and community services in Ontario.


    RED CROSS STRIKE VOTE DATES/LOCATION

    PEMBROKE - FRIDAY, JUNE 13
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. OR 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Travelodge, 900 Pembroke St E PEMBROKE

    CAMBRIDGE - TUESDAY, JUNE 17
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Holiday Inn, Hespeler Room, 200 Holiday Inn Dr CAMBRIDGE

    WOODSTOCK - WEDNESDAY, JUNE 18
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Royal Canadian Legion, 576 Brant St WOODSTOCK

    FERGUS - THURSDAY, JUNE 19
    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    The Breadalbane Inn, Front Meeting Room, 487 St. Andrew St W FERGUS

    ST. THOMAS - WEDNESDAY, JULY 2
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Elgin Labour Centre, 18 Princess St ST. THOMAS

    SARNIA - THURSDAY, JULY 3
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    C.E.P. Hall, 900 Devine St SARNIA

    CHATHAM - FRIDAY, JULY 4
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Wheel's Inn, Conference Room, 615 Richmond St CHATHAM

    WINDSOR - SATURDAY, JULY 5
    10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
    Best Western Continental Inn, Courtyard Room, 3345 Huron Church Rd
    WINDSOR

    KINGSTON - MONDAY, JULY 7
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Days Inn - Kingston, 33 Benson St KINGSTON

    THESSALON - MONDAY, JULY 7
    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Carolyn Beach Motel & Restaurant, 1 Lakeside Dr THESSALON

    ELLIOT LAKE - TUESDAY, JULY 8
    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Algo Inn, 151 Ontario Ave ELLIOT LAKE

    CORNWALL - TUESDAY, JULY 8
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Best Western Cornwall, Loyalist Room,1515 Vincent Massey Dr CORNWALL

    WAWA - WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Wawa Motor Inn, 118 Mission Road WAWA

    BROCKVILLE - WEDNESDAY, JULY 9
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Days Inn - Brockville, 160 Steward Blvd BROCKVILLE

    HOMEPAYNE - THURSDAY, JULY 10
    7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Northstar Centre Inn, 200 Front St HOMEPAYNE

    PETERBOROUGH - THURSDAY, JULY 10
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Kinsmen Civic Centre, 1 Kinsmen Way PETERBOROUGH

    SAULT STE MARIE - FRIDAY, JULY 11
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Great Northern Resort and Conference Centre, Provincial Room,
    229 Great Northern Rd SAULT STE MARIE

    IROQUOIS FALLS - SUNDAY, JULY 13
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Silver Grill Restaurant, 189 Ambridge St IROQUOIS FALLS

    TIMMINS - MONDAY, JULY 14
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Days Inn, Conference Room 1, 14 Mountjoy St S TIMMINS

    HEARST - TUESDAY, JULY 15
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Les Companions, Small Meeting Room, 930 Front St HEARST

    NORTH BAY - TUESDAY, JULY 15
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    SEIU Local 1 Canada Office, 126 Lakeshore Dr NORTH BAY

    KAPUSKASING - WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
    6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
    Comfort Inn, 172 Government Road East KAPUSKASING

    SUDBURY - WEDNESDAY, JULY 16
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Howard Johnson Plaza Hotel Salon "B" Ballroom, 50 Brady St SUDBURY

    BARRIE - THURSDAY, JULY 17
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Holiday Inn, 20 Fairview Rd BARRIE

    BRACEBRIDGE - FRIDAY, JULY 18
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Muskoka River Side Inn, 300 Ecclestone Dr BRACEBRIDGE

    THOROLD - MONDAY, JULY 21
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Four Points Sheraton, Newman Room, 3530 Schmon Parkway THOROLD

    BRAMPTON - TUESDAY, JULY 22
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Monte Carlo Inn, Brampton Suite (Airport Room), 45 Coventry Road BRAMPTON

    OWEN SOUND - WEDNESDAY, JULY 23
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Owen Sound Legion
    1450 2nd Ave W OWEN SOUND

    TORONTO - THURSDAY, JULY 24
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Valhalla Inn, Norwegian Room, 1 Valhalla Inn Rd
    (HWY 427 and Burnhamthorpe Rd)
    ETOBICOKE

    BURLINGTON - FRIDAY, JULY 25
    2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. OR 7:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (attend one only)
    Holiday Inn, Halton Room, 3063 South Service Rd BURLINGTON





For further information:

For further information: Cathy Carroll, SEIU Local 1 Canada, Bargaining
Team, (416) 529-1488; Barry Smith, SEIU Local 1 Canada, Communications, (416)
528-9116


Custom Packages

Browse our custom packages or build your own to meet your unique communications needs.

Start today.

CNW Membership

Fill out a CNW membership form or contact us at 1 (877) 269-7890

Learn about CNW services

Request more information about CNW products and services or call us at 1 (877) 269-7890