Homecare workers ratify three-year agreement

August 18, 2016, Richmond Hill

SEIU Healthcare members vote in favour of deal with CarePartners.

SEIU Healthcare is pleased to announce a three-year deal representing 3,400 homecare workers was ratified today.

This province-wide agreement with CarePartners was achieved in the first round of bargaining for personal support workers (PSWs) since the homecare strike of 2013.

"We are proud to reach an agreement that represents progress for SEIU Healthcare members," said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare. "This agreement builds on the success of our advocacy which raised the minimum wage for personal support workers by $4 an hour."

Members voted to improve important scheduling provisions, as well as a pathway to arbitration for contentious benefit issues raised during this round of bargaining.

"But let me be clear, these personal support workers need and deserve more. There is more to do and we are determined to find further ways to make progress for homecare workers at the bargaining table and with the provincial government. PSWs deserve retirement security, stability, and a commitment to training to meet the needs of an aging population," concluded Stewart.


Further Background:

  • SEIU Healthcare workers from CarePartners were on strike for two weeks in December 2013
  • In 2014 SEIU Healthcare launched its "Sweet$16" advocacy campaign which resulted in the provincial government raising the minimum wage for publicly-funded homecare PSWs from $12.50 to $16.50 by 2016
  • SEIU Healthcare is the largest union in the home and community care sector

About SEIU Healthcare:

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare across Ontario. The union’s members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care. www.seiuhealthcare.ca

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