GET INVOLVED: Special by-elections for new MPPs in the Niagara Falls and Thornhill ridings

On February 13, there will be a vote for new Members of Provincial Parliament (MPPs) in the special by-elections for Niagara Falls and Thornhill.

Our public healthcare system is a great source of pride for Canadians. But it needs care, too. As our population ages, we must defend and enhance healthcare in Ontario.

When you vote, keep in mind public healthcare, respect for homecare, and good jobs

Make sure to vote for the candidate most likely to:

1. Keep hospitals public 

Ontarians are already paying higher costs for medication and services. Our healthcare, and especially hospitals, must remain public and accessible.  

2. Focus on homecare 

By 2036, 1 in 4 Canadians will be a senior. Homecare is an affordable and effective solution to growing demands on the healthcare system. Our MPPs must meet the challenge by ensuring that investments in homecare go to the frontline, not the bottom line. 

3. Value good, secure jobs 

The new MPPs should recognize the benefits of stable jobs and fair wages that support the local economies.

For more information on how you can get involved, please contact the Member Resource Center (MRC) at 1-877-672-7348.

IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS: Red Cross Award Meetings

Beginning Monday, January 20, until Thursday, January 30, SEIU will be hosting meetings across Ontario to discuss the new PSW Red Cross contract.

We encourage everyone to attend one of the available meetings. There will be a period where members will be able to address any of their questions and concerns as well as engage with one another.

Please call the Member Resource Centre at 1-877-672-7348 to ensure that your contact information is up-to-date for future communications.

To view the list of Red Cross award meeting dates and locations, click here.

IMPORTANT MESSAGE TO RED CROSS MEMBERS: STRIKE IS OVER

The strike is over; we’re moving to interest arbitration!

Two weeks ago you stood alongside your 4,500 Sisters and Brothers across the province. You stood for justice, fairness, and respect.

I can’t tell you how proud I am to represent such a dedicated group of caregivers. I was blown away by the stories I heard on the picket lines that I visited. On behalf of everyone at SEIU Healthcare, I want to sincerely thank you; I know it’s been a very challenging two weeks.

But after a two-week standoff, I’m happy to report that we have made a significant move towards justice: we are going into interest arbitration, the first step in being deemed essential service workers.

This means that as of Friday, December 27, our strike is over and you can go back to work! Please contact your supervisors for your schedule or if you would like to go to work sooner.

Over the last many weeks, SEIU Healthcare tried negotiating directly with the Red Cross, but they refused to budge or act compassionately towards you, the caregivers who make their work so meaningful.

When it became clear that the negotiations were not going to yield the results we were demanding, SEIU Healthcare and the Red Cross both agreed to use a neutral arbitrator to resolve disagreements by objectively considering the positions of SEIU Healthcare and Red Cross.

This is the most fair and neutral way to resolve a strike that could have gone on for much longer.

Usually interest arbitration is a step in the bargaining process reserved for essential service workers. Going through the process for our PSWs creates a strong argument to also give you the designation.

Sisters and Brothers, I hope you are proud of how far we have come together in our fight for justice. Never before have our PSWs dominated local headlines across the province, garnering support from community members, MPPs, local businesses, and mayors alike. It is because of your high spirits and chants that Ontarians heard us loud and clear: we are PSWs and we will not be exploited!

That is why I am hopeful that the arbitrator sides with the caregivers, the people at the frontline of the homecare system. I am a firm believer in the work you do every day, and I’m confident that the arbitrator will make a decision based on justice.

However, the Justice4PSWs campaign is far from over. Even after we get a new contract, we will continue to put pressure on decision-makers to deem you an essential service, and to fix our homecare system to ensure you get the fair treatment you and your clients deserve.

Together, we will get there.

Thank you and happy holidays to you and your families

 

In solidarity,

Sharleen Stewart

President, SEIU Healthcare

SEIU members at St. Joseph's Lifecare wins the Diamond Award

Diamonds are rare gems that represent significant achievement and milestones. So when St. Joseph’s Lifecare received the Diamond Award for Long-Term Care, you can be sure that SEIU members there have been providing top-notch quality care for their residents. 

 

This SEIU workplace was voted #1 Long-Term Care Service and Nursing Home in their community by the Brant News Reader’s Choice Award.

 

“SEIU Healthcare members who work at the home go above and beyond to provide high quality care for the residents at the home,” said Audrey Mckay, SEIU Healthcare’s union representative at the home. “I am happy to see they have been recognized and won this award. It was well deserved.”

 

It’s the second year in a row the nursing home has won the same award!  It is a sure sign of consistent care done with dignity and respect for the seniors in that community. 

National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women

Being a target of violence is a daily reality for many women today. This isn’t a reflection of some far off place or remote country- this happens here- in our hometown, in our neighborhood, and in our Country. In fact:

  • Half of all women in Canada have been physically or sexually assaulted.

  • 67% of all Canadians say they personally know at least one woman who has been sexually or physically assaulted.

  • Every six days a woman is killed in Canada by her partner.

  • 200 women every day are turned away from shelters because they are full.

  • 40,000 people every year are arrested on domestic assault charges.

To show solidarity with these women, take a moment today to acknowledge the women in your life on the National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women. This day was established after 14 young women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal were murdered, in 1989- their only crime being that they were women. We hope their lives were not lost in vain.

Learn more about the staggering rates of violence against women and learn what you can do about it.

IMPORTANT FOR MEMBERS: RCCP/CRCS Strike Meetings - December 2013

Beginning Friday, December 6 until Tuesday, December 10, SEIU is hosting strike preparedness meetings across the province.

It is important that you attend your local meeting to get up-to-date strike information, picket locations, and much more.

We want to thank you for the courage and determination you’ve shown in our fight for justice. We look forward to standing with you as we send your employer a clear and loud message: we are strong and we are united!

The next few days are critically important. Please call the SEIU Member Resource Centre at 1-877-672-7348 to ensure your contact information is up to date.

Please find below the link to the RCCP/CRCS strike meetings that will be taking place throughout December 2013.

Thank you again for your patience and support.

RCCP/CRCS Strike Meetings - December 2013