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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,

March on the Boss

Last week, members from CarePartners across the province held rallies to let their employers know that their outdated ways of care are unacceptable. From April 8 to April 12, members marched on their bosses at six different branches: Quinte, Central West Peel, Chatham Kent, Simcoe, Wellington Waterloo, and Brockville.

Members working at CarePartners completed a survey about the health and safety issues they are experiencing in their workplace. With this information, SEIU Healthcare created “Most Stuck in the Past: Health and Safety Awards” that we presented to the employers at CarePartners. Some of the health and safety hazards include: dog bites, smoking in the home, missing care plans, harassment and bullying, bodily injuries, and infestations.

While the employers weren’t so receptive about their awards, we certainly made a lasting impression. Members and staff raised their voices up and made noise about how “Stuck in the Past” CarePartners really is.

Our media campaign continues as a way to support your bargaining committee. It is critical that all of you get behind your bargaining committee by participating in these actions. If you haven’t already, we urge you to get involved by sharing these posts on social media, sending pre-written letters to your MPP and by using the custom “Stuck in the Past” Facebook Frames. One simple action can make the biggest difference throughout bargaining! 

 

Photos and Video

Our members from Quinte recorded an important message to CarePartners:

 

Our members from Central West Peel delivered the award to their branch:

 

Check out our photo gallery from across the province:

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