Collective Bargaining Update
CarePartner’s Purple Day event!
SEIU Healthcare was scheduled to bargain with CarePartners on July 15 and July 16. However, CarePartners did not meet us at the bargaining table.
The last time we were at the bargaining table on June 26 to 28, we informed CarePartners that SEIU Healthcare is taking a firm stance on wages. The employer refused to negotiate these fair wages and walked away from the table. Despite CarePartner’s response to our proposal, we continued working and took action!
On Monday, July 15, to step up our Stuck in the Past Campaign, members from the bargaining committee headed to CarePartners’ corporate office in Kitchener, Ont. to hand deliver over 1,000 printed copies of letters that have been digitally sent to the CEO of CarePartners, Linda Knight. Click here to view pictures taken from July 15.
Unfortunately, Knight was not available to meet with the group. However, another member of management did listen to our bargaining team’s message delivered by Dyana Juby and accepted the letters.
“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,” says Dyana. “While PSWs care for others health, we receive zero in sick pay to protect our own wellness, many of them live paycheque to paycheque and have no retirement security plan. Furthermore, CarePartners demonstrates little regard for their employees’ safety and well being on the job. PSWs experience many traumas.”
On July 16, we decided to make lemonade out of lemons and celebrated SEIU Healthcare’s Purple Day. We hosted a Purple Day Party for all CarePartner members in the area to meet their bargaining committee. Check out our CarePartners’ Purple Day Party video by clicking this link.
We are proceeding with our Stuck In the Past Campaign to put pressure on CarePartners to recognize that their PSWs deserve better and CarePartners needs to come back to the bargaining table to negotiate a fair contract.
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