"This strike may be over but the crisis that afflicts our home care system is not." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"The Auditor General’s research shows that only 61 per cent of the government funding actually goes to face-to-face treatment of patients. The public needs to know these facts.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
Toronto (23 Nov. 2015) — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, President of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE), and OPSEU Local 294 are inviting citizens of the Niagara region to a town hall meeting on November 24 in St. Catharines to discuss the plummeting quality of home care in Ontario.
“We are very happy to reach this result after such a long set of negotiations.” Jerry Earle, President, NAPE
“The often understated role of home and youth care workers is an important one in our province’s health care system, easing the burden on our primary care facilities.” — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“These agreements have improvements to wages and contract language, which are steps towards these workers getting the compensation they deserve for the valuable service they provide to our province's most vulnerable." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
If you are lucky, you live in a Community Care Access Centre (CCAC) region that treats patients responsibly. A similar patient 100 kilometres away could be getting poor care. This luck of the draw is unacceptable in a publicly funded system." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas
“This group of workers play a vital role in our province’s health care system: providing care and support to some of our provinces most vulnerable." — Jerry Earle, NAPE President
“Using taxpayer dollars to prolong legal work stoppages is not only a waste of money but belies any claim that this Liberal government is progressive towards the needs of our most fragile citizens and our skilled health care workers, the vast majority of whom are women." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
"We call on the government to reject any recommendation that would start us down the path of a two-tiered home care system based on income." — Michelle Gawronsky, MGEU President
Home care workers struggle to care for clients with reduced time allotments, not to mention have to fight to receive pay for work done.