"This strike may be over but the crisis that afflicts our home care system is not." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
“It is time for Minister Hoskins to personally intervene and resolve the CarePartners dispute.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU 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
CarePartner nurses and administrative staff are fighting for a first collective agreement that meets industry standards.
Toronto (29 July 2015) — Members of the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU/NUPGE) who are employed by CarePartners have been on strike since April 10. The agency holds one of 1,400 lucrative service contracts to provide clinical and home care services to patients in the Niagara and Norfolk County area.
“The public is being robbed of the medical care it deserves. Private sector administrators are skimming profits when 100 per cent of scarce health care dollars should go towards care and treatment." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President
For every home visit and/or clinical visit, the private owner of CarePartners, Linda Knight, profits at the expense of the workers who are not fully paid for time spent in each home visit.
Support for striking workers continues to grow. Last week, Tammy McCormick Ferguson, a patient of CarePartners, who communicates through an iPad because of a neurological disorder that has left her non-verbal, sent a note to the striking staff and to the media calling the nurses’ working conditions “appalling,” comparing their compensation to that of “dog walkers.”
“This is an agency that has had trouble retaining skilled nursing staff yet has been unwilling to budge on the working conditions and compensation issues that are leading to that exodus.” — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President