SARNIA, ON, Jan. 23 /CNW/ - Sarnia area home care workers voted to strike
if contract bargaining does not progress.
The Victorian Order of Nurses (VON) workers, who are members of the
Service Employees International Union Local 1 Canada, voted overwhelmingly in
favour of strike action.
The VON employees provide home care services throughout Lambton County
"These workers are standing up for themselves and the needs of their
clients, and they are not going to back down," says Caroline DeMers, SEIU's
lead contract negotiator.
The strike vote held yesterday revealed that 90% of the VON employees are
in favour of strike action if necessary.
DeMers says the VON workers are prepared to take whatever action is
necessary to secure a collective agreement to adequately compensate them for
the important work they do.
"The workers key demands are paid travel time for the many hours spent
driving to and from their clients' homes, as well as fair reimbursement for
kilometers travelled in their own vehicles to reach their home care clients,"
Current collective bargaining was to resume in February, however VON
cancelled February talks and rescheduled for March.
The Ministry of Labour has appointed a conciliator to assist in the
SEIU Local 1 Canada is Ontario's largest home care union representing
46,000 health care workers throughout Ontario.
For further information:
For further information: Media Contact: Caroline Demers, SEIU Union
Representative, (519) 524-3492; Debbie Burr, SEIU Chief Steward, VON Home Care
Worker, (519) 786-4620; Barry Smith, Communications, SEIU Local 1 Canada,