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Ontario Health Minister’s newly announced initiatives to strengthen training and recruitment of PSWs

SEIU says new measures announced today by Ontario Health Minister Deb Matthews to strengthen long-term care of the elderly, including enhanced training and recruitment of Personal Support Workers (PSWs), are a welcome move in developing the human resources required to meet the needs of an aging population.

"The initiative to train and recruit 200 Personal Support Workers to help care for residents with dementia and challenging behaviours is a wise and necessary investment," said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU. "The move speaks to the need to improve staffing levels and access to training for frontline workers caring for residents with increasingly complex needs."

She said the move underlines the need for a province-wide Personal Support Worker Strategy to ensure Ontario has the health human resources it needs to care for an aging population.


Another nursing home chooses SEIU

Workers at another Ontario nursing home chose to give themselves a voice in their workplace. The employees at Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf voted for SEIU Local 1 Canada at a union certification vote held on October 10, 2012. We welcome the 83 new members at Bob Rumball Home for the Deaf into SEIU, who are now an integral part of the fastest growing and most progressive union in Ontario.

"These workers were tired of being bullied in the workplace," said Bastian Williams, lead organizer for the campaign. "They feel like their decisions are constantly second-guessed. This needs to stop now."


Hospital CEO cap a big win for front-line healthcare workers

After years of calling for caps to outrageous hospital CEO pay, Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 Canada commends the Government of Ontario for standing up for front-line healthcare workers.

Yesterday, Ontario Finance Minister Dwight Duncan proposed legislation to cap the pay of public-sector executives. The measure would affect such employees as hospital, university and electricity utility chief executive officers, many of whom make more than $1 million a year.
Duncan said Thursday the minority Liberal government will limit public sector executives to twice the premier’s $208,974 salary — or $418,000 annually — and scrap bonuses for two years. There were about 150 executives in the civil service and broader public sector who made more than $418,000 last year, mainly in hospital administration.


90% of Mississauga retirement home workers vote SEIU

90% of the employees at Palisades on the Glen voted to join SEIU at a certification vote held on September 20, 2012. SEIU welcomes 36 new members into the union.

“These workers need a better benefits plan, a structured pay schedule and a pension,” said Sonia Reynolds, one of the lead organizers for the campaign.

Their benefits plan needs some big improvements. A lot of money was being deducted from their paycheques for a plan that provides few medical and dental benefits.