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CarePartners is Stuck In The Past, let's work together to shape the future. Add your name and email to the form below and click "submit" to send a letter to the CEO of CarePartners.

Dear Linda Knight,

Most personal support workers (PSWs) employed by CarePartners are passionate about helping people live with a sense of dignity and respect. PSWs care deeply about their job and their clients, but they are not cared for by you, their employer. Frontline healthcare workers do not do their jobs to get rich. Profits derived by for-profit organizations, such as the one you own, are never shared or re-invested into the needs of frontline workers. CarePartners experiences high level of staff turnover, largely because the working conditions of this employer are Stuck in the Past.

I write to you to address the injustices faced by PSWs employed by CarePartners across Ontario. The environments these PSWs work in fall well short of industry health and safety standards. CarePartners has failed to demonstrate that it values its frontline staff. This profitable business does not aim to improve the working lives of its employees.

While PSWs care for others’ health, they receive zero paid sick days to protect their own wellness. Many of them live paycheque to paycheque and have no retirement security options. Furthermore, CarePartners demonstrates little regard for their employees’ safety and well-being. On the job, PSWs experience numerous traumas, including bullying, harassment, second-hand smoke, dog bites, and exposure to bug infestations.

Linda, you have the power to improve the working lives of those you rely so heavily upon. Homecare is considered the future of the healthcare system, yet CarePartners is not meeting the needs of its workers today. Help turn what is now a lowly healthcare job, into something PSWs can be proud of. Help turn being a PSW into a lifelong career.

Sincerely,

Welcome To “Stuck In The Past”

Last week, from January 21 to January 24, 2019, your bargaining team met with your employer to begin negotiating your next collective agreement. During these four days, we successfully completed many negotiations on non-monetary items. As these challenging negotiations continue, please remember that the bargaining committee is not allowed to talk about specifics of what is being discussed. 

Our next bargaining dates are scheduled for February 11 to February 14, 2019, where we will be discussing monetary items and the remaining non-monetary issues.

To support our bargaining committee and the continuing negotiations, we have launched a public campaign called “Stuck in the Past”, which highlights how CarePartners’ working conditions, processes, and wages are outdated and in need of modernizing. You will start to see advertisements on the Internet, on billboards, and in bus shelters across the province starting today. Please browse the website to learn more about this campaign.

On this website, people can also easily submit pre-written letters directly to MPPs and CarePartners’ CEO Linda Knight (by clicking the Take Action button on the right side of the menu) about the issues PSWs face daily and the need for change. We expect all of our members to submit these letters and also share the website with their friends and family. The more voices this campaign has, the more successful we will be.

We also urge our members to support this campaign by adding our “Stuck in the Past” Facebook Profile Frame to their Facebook profile image. For instructions on how to do this, simply click here. It is your right to do this and your employer cannot reprimand you for this. If you run into any issues from your employer, please contact your union representative immediately. Your friends and families can also access this photo frame.

We appreciate your support and solidarity throughout the bargaining process. We will continue to update you in the coming weeks, both by email and on the stuckinthepast.ca website.

In Solidarity,

Your SEIU Healthcare Bargaining Committee

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