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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

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.”

CarePartner

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.

Bargaining Committee

Bargaining Committee

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

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