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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

On November 9 and 10, your SEIU Healthcare bargaining team met with CarePartners to resume bargaining. However, after several attempts at negotiating an agreement it was clear that the parties are too far apart. The bargaining team was given a mandate; increase wages, increase travel allowance, improve benefits, and develop opportunities for retirement savings. These are just some of the very important issues that we have been trying to improve at the bargaining table.

By Sunday afternoon, the union expressed a firm position on wages and providing members with a fair opportunity to gain increases on a wage grid. The union wants members who have been capped at $16.50 an hour for several years to gain wage increases based on their accrued seniority. The bargaining team wants members who have been capped at $19.00 for several years to gain the ability to go beyond that amount and earn a wage increase.

CarePartners was not interested in our demands and held firm on their concessions and small wage increases. They also asked the conciliation officer for a “No Board” which in 17-21 days can allow either party to go on strike or the employer can conduct a lock-out.

No Board Report: A report filed by the conciliator from the Ministry of Labour if the process of mediation bargaining with conciliation fails. Filing the report
triggers a 17-day (or more depending on the date the report is filed) cooling-off period before a strike or lockout deadline. When this deadline passes, the union can vote for a strike and/or the employer can lock out members.

Lock-Out: This is when your employer “locks out” bargaining employees from work. In this case, the employer would stop providing employees with clients.

Strike: This is when the union has a strike vote mandate and requests employees to engage in a work stoppage.

As it stands, the union will not be taking members out on strike nor have we been informed of a lock-out from CarePartners, so we encourage members to continue providing the quality care they provide every day. As we get closer to the expiry of the “No Board” period, we will continue to update members. The bargaining team believes this is a scare tactic by CarePartners to put pressure on the bargaining team and the members. However, we will take all cautionary measures to ensure we provide members with communication as we move along in this process.

We will soon be starting the next phase of our campaign. Please continue to share and engage in the campaign as much as possible. Without your support, we have little power at the bargaining table. It’s our time to take a stand and demand fair wages for your hard work.

Home care is the care of the future and your services will be in demand, as they are now, the bargaining team believes this is our best time to fight!

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