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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

From June 26 to 28, your bargaining committee was back at the table negotiating with CarePartners to improve your working conditions. For this round of bargaining we had the assistance of an Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) conciliator, a neutral third party to assist with moving bargaining forward.

In response to the employer’s concessions, we took a firm stance on monetary increases. As home care workers, we are tired of being “Stuck In the Past” and want to move into the present, earn a living wage, and be able to afford retirement.

At this point there are still many outstanding issues that need to be addressed. We will continue to ramp up our “Stuck In the Past” campaign as we get more people involved in telling their stories about home care. A few clients have already shared their stories, but we need more voices to strengthen our campaign. Please look out for our advertisements in your local newspaper and encourage others to speak up! Here is an example of what some of the ads look like:

We appreciate your ongoing support and solidarity throughout the bargaining process. Please stay tuned as we will continue to update you by email and on www.stuckinthepast.ca

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