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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,

Collective Bargaining Update

In mid-February, SEIU Healthcare filed a complaint with the Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) against CarePartners for “surface bargaining” (not bargaining fairly) a violation of the act resulting in our unfair labour practice complaint.

On April 1, 2019, we had our first meeting at the Ontario Labour Relations Board, and we are happy to report that we were successful in bringing CarePartners back to the table to bargain with conciliation. Conciliation is a process by which a trade union or an employer can ask the Ontario Ministry of Labour for help in resolving their differences so that they can reach a collective agreement. We believe the appointed conciliation officer will assist the teams in bargaining a fair collective agreement.

Your Bargaining Committee along with the Employer’s Team and the Ministry of Labour appointed Conciliations Officer have scheduled the following dates to return to the bargaining table:

Tuesday June 26th, 2019, Wednesday June 27th, 2019 and Thursday June 28th, 2019.

Bargaining updates will continue to be posted on the www.stuckinthepast.ca website and emailed to the members. As always, please encourage anyone not getting the email updates to call the Member Resource Centre at 1-877-672-7348 to update their contact information.

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