Home Care workers across province vote to strike

    Strike votes in 30 towns and cities across province return massive
    support for strike action

    TORONTO, July 29 /CNW/ - Strike vote results confirmed today that Red
Cross Home Care workers represented by the Service Employees International
Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada are prepared to go on strike.
    The workers voted 88 per cent in favour of as strike if negotiations do
not progress. The vote took place over 6 weeks in 30 locations across Ontario.
    "The responsibility of Home Care workers is increasing so quickly, and
the pressure on individual workers has got to the point where we are losing
lots of skilled home care providers every day. That's why I voted to strike,"
says Claire Dahms, an Owen Sound-based Home Care Provider.
    "We are standing up for ourselves and our clients. The whole system is in
big trouble," says Home Care Provider Joan Gray of Sarnia.
    Contract bargaining between the Red Cross and SEIU Local 1 Canada broke
down in June.
    The SEIU negotiating team cited the Red Cross' unwillingness to address
compensation for travel time or improve mileage allowance as the key issues
that triggered the strike vote.
    "I am not surprised by the results of the vote," says SEIU's chief
negotiator, Cathy Carroll. "Day after day from Iroquois Falls to Cornwall our
members arrived at the polls and what they were saying to me is reflected in
this vote - and not only is vote percentage high, so was the voter turnout. It
was huge."
    SEIU and the Red Cross resume bargaining July 30, when SEIU will deliver
the vote results to the employer.

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

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

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