SEIU Healthcare applauds Ontario’s announcement of new investments in improving the quality and access to homecare

(April 23, 2013 - Richmond Hill, ON) SEIU Healthcare welcomes the commitment to invest in improving quality and access to homecare, as part of a plan to meet the needs of an aging population and strengthen public healthcare. But Canada's largest healthcare union cautions that investments should go to the frontline not the bottom line.

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New CEO for Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre a positive step – SEIU Healthcare

(April 15, 2013 Richmond Hill, ON) Today SEIU Healthcare, Ontario’s largest healthcare union, welcomed the appointment of Gordon Milak as the new chief executive officer of the Waterloo Wellington Community Care Access Centre.

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Ontario Labour Relations Board orders immediate certification of SEIU Healthcare as union for Sunrise of Aurora

(April 8, 2013 Richmond Hill, ON)   The Ontario Labour Relations Board (OLRB) has ordered the immediate certification of the Service Employees International Union, Local 1 Canada (SEIU Healthcare) as the exclusive bargaining agent for workers employed at Sunrise of Aurora, a senior living community located in Aurora Ontario. Sunrise is owned by Healthcare REIT, one of North America’s largest real-estate and investment trusts, and operates in 311 communities with over 40,000 residents and 4,000 employees in Canada, the United States and in the United Kingdom.

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Investing wisely in homecare critical to delivering quality care and effectively managing the system, says SEIU Healthcare in its Ontario pre-budget submission


(April 5, 2013, Richmond Hill, ON) SEIU Healthcare, Canada’s largest healthcare union, has been invited to give a presentation this morning to Ontario’s Minister of Finance, Charles Sousa, as part of Ontario’s pre-budget consultations. In its briefing, SEIU Healthcare will be outlining a series of recommendations in community-based and long-term care designed to improve the efficiency and transparency of the health sector and improve both the quality and value of care patients receive.

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Hospital CEO salaries continue to rise while frontline health care workers struggle to make ends meet

(March 28, 2013 Richmond Hill, ON) – Today’s Sunshine List reveals that many of the CEOs of Ontario’s hospitals continue to receive generous wage increases while salaries for frontline healthcare workers remain frozen.

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Chatham-Kent and Sarnia workers get 13.4 percent increase in new contract

Toronto, Ontario (December 11, 2012) – In a big victory for local workers, SEIU Local 1 Canada ratified a contract last Thursday for employees at the Canadian Mental Health Association Lambton Kent that will give members a 13.4% wage increase, ratified by 89% of the membership.   In 2010, the association merged its units in Chatham-Kent and Sarnia. The two units had different union representation – SEIU Local 1 Canada and OPSEU – and a representation vote took place last summer. On June 14, 2011, SEIU overwhelmingly won the vote, and union members and representatives immediately began working diligently to bargain for a new contract.

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