RICHMOND HILL, ON, Dec. 13, 2013 /CNW/ - SEIU Healthcare president
Sharleen Stewart today called on Premier Kathleen Wynne to take
responsibility for the refusal by the province's largest homecare
agency to find a solution to the province-wide strike by 4,500 personal
"Red Cross is not working to settle this strike and they have not
contacted us since the tentative agreement was rejected," said Ms.
"The leaders of this for-profit company are being paid $300,000 a year
with public funds that should be going to improve care for clients.
Instead, they are forcing poverty-level wages on women who are now
fighting for justice on a freezing picket line."
Union members voted overwhelmingly to reject a tentative agreement that
included an 11-cent per hour increase to a $15 per hour salary, with no
significant improvement in other issues such as the lack of pay for
travel time and the full cost of gas for visiting clients.
"It is time for the Premier to get involved," said Ms. Stewart. "While
the politicians are on holiday, the homecare system is being wrecked by
a rogue agency. People affected by this strike will see this as one
more example of a failure of accountability for the misuse of public
Ms. Stewart is on a tour of picket lines across Ontario where PSWs are
standing strong and gaining support from community members.
www.j4pswsblog.wordpress.com (photos, stories from the picket lines)
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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