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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,

News/Updates

Updates

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.

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Stuck in the past

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.

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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.

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March on the Boss

Last week, members from CarePartners across the province held rallies to let their employers know that their outdated ways of care are unacceptable. From April 8 to April 12, members marched on their bosses at six different branches: Quinte, Central West Peel, Chatham Kent, Simcoe, Wellington Waterloo, and Brockville.

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Collective bargaining update

From February 11 to February 14, 2019, your bargaining team met for the second time with your employer to continue negotiating your next collective agreement. During this round of bargaining, we tried to address monetary items and the remaining non-monetary issues.

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Welcome To “Stuck In The Past”

Last week, from January 21 to January 24, 2019, your bargaining team met with your employer to begin negotiating your next collective agreement. During these four days, we successfully completed many negotiations on non-monetary items. As these challenging negotiations continue, please remember that the bargaining committee is not allowed to talk about specifics of what is being discussed. 

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Meet Your Bargaining Team

At the end of November 2018, SEIU Healthcare held a conference where members elected your bargaining team, made up of seven regional representatives and one member-at-large.

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