"Both sides should understand clearly, we are prepared to throw the full resources of OPSEU/NUPGE behind our members if Care Partners forces us to resort to job action. That's not our preferred option but one we're willing to take if this standstill continues much longer." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
"There would have been no need for a work stoppage had their international parent company, Extendicare, directed its subsidiary to bargain seriously from the start." — Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
“Ontario wants to transfer more responsibility to this sector, but the private for-profit operators have shown little interest in providing a stable workforce to keep patients out of hospital,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
In 2012, nearly 800,000 Canadians reported that their home health care needs were either unmet or only partially met.
“It appears that home support staff earning as little as $12.88 per hour in Canada are being asked to pay the price for Extendicare’s business decisions in the U.S.,” says Warren (Smokey) Thomas, OPSEU President.
Workers want a fair deal from ParaMed Home Health Care — not five-year wage freezes and increased mileage costs.
Public relations advertising campaign to be launched at the conference to support home care workers.
“Bill 30 is a clear abuse of power by the McNeil government: the provisions of this legislation are very clearly designed to undermine our members’ right to strike and their right to full and free collective bargaining,” said NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
“This legislation is a serious affront to workers' rights,” says NSGEU President Joan Jessome.
A new radio ad campaign is talking about a growing problem in our home care system: reduced task time.