"This attempt to block much-needed reform to a sector in crisis and to better support home support workers is appalling. We realize the business interests of the BCCPA will be affected by this change, but it's time to put the well-being of people over profit and address the damage resulting from almost 20 years of privatization and underfunding in the sector." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"The devil is in the details." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Our members at ParaMed Home Health Care want what we all want: a level playing field and a fair shot at success." — Eduardo (Eddy) Almeida, OPSEU First Vice-President/Treasurer
"Today's news is a real victory for home support workers and the B.C. seniors who rely on their care. Bringing these workers into the health authorities will finally address the precarious nature of contract-based work with private providers and will enable more of a team-based multi-disciplinary approach to providing care at home." - Stephanie Smith, BCGEU president
“We wanted to launch this campaign to highlight the positive impact that home care and youth care workers have on thousands of people across the province every single day.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“If you talk to someone on the frontline, they’ll tell you that they see the impacts of burnout every day — they’ve either experienced it themselves or they see it in their co-workers.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Home care is a valued public services - keep it public!
“Why has government chosen to invest our tax dollars in a private company to provide health care services that could be offered using existing public sector employees? There are many of our members providing home care services whose skills and abilities are not being fully utilized.” — Karen Jackson, PEIUPSE President
"Is the trend toward privatizing health care services in the public interest?" — Karen Jackson, PEI UPSE President
"This report provides more evidence that austerity policies do nothing to improve the lives of British Columbians." — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
"Why are we investing $9 million of our tax dollars so that some billion dollar corporation from Toronto can make a profit?”— Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
PEIUPSE is looking into federal funding requirements for the new health accord dollars, as well as what can be done to prevent these new initiatives from leading us down the road of privatization of our public services.
“In this case, the employer cut off all paid sick days — and these are professionals who deal with sick individuals all day long. Can you imagine the risk that poses, both to the nurses and their clients? This kind of action is as mean-spirited as it is irresponsible." — Warren (Smokey)Thomas.
“For a government that promised to both protect front-line services and find efficiencies in health care, cutting this program makes no sense at all.” — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
For a government focused on fiscal responsibility, spending money on a name change doesn’t make a lot of sense. “There’s a cost to this. The memo said this name change will be a huge task, replacing name tags, business cards, you name it. Why do it if it’s not significant?” – Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
The report's finding are "particularly alarming considering that in Canada, seniors make up the fastest-growing age demographic.” — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
Know any non-union home support workers interested in unionizing, let NSGEU/NUPGE know!
“We have no way of knowing exactly how much money makes it to patient care. How can we ensure improved service provision if we can’t even answer that question?” — Lucy Morton, OPSEU Chair, Community Health Care Professionals Division
“We are overjoyed that We Care employees have voted to join our union for a real voice at work. — Stephanie Smith, BCGEU President
“These members are proud of the service they provide but also struggle everyday with a number of systemic and workforce challenges that keep the program from being the best it can be." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President