Stop Hudak, Save Healthcare

CAMPAIGN UPDATES:

SEIU Healthcare members are knocking on doors and calling voters in key ridings to talk about which local MPP candidate is best for healthcare.

As part of his plan to privatize our public healthcare system, Tim Hudak would outsource hospital jobs and drive down wages in the health sector.

Plus, a Hudak government would cancel planned raises for PSWs announced in April 2014.

We need to keep engaging politically. We hope you will get involved to stop Hudak and save healthcare. Remember to vote on June 12.

WHY STRATEGIC VOTING?

SEIU Healthcare has been working with both the Liberal Party and NDP for years to improve our healthcare system and win on issues that matter to our members.

Tim Hudak’s PCs want to be able to run Ontario unopposed with a majority government, even though less than a third of Ontarians actually support them.

Our fight isn’t with the Liberals or the NDP, it’s with the Conservatives. We need to vote strategically to make sure Tim Hudak doesn’t become Premier.

Voting strategically means supporting the candidate in your riding who is best positioned to beat Tim Hudak’s PC candidate on June 12.


CANDIDATE ENDORSEMENTS

Who should I vote for to stop Hudak?

Electoral DistrictTo stop Hudak, SEIU members should vote for:
CandidateParty
Ajax-Pickering Joe Dickson Liberal
Algoma-Manitoulin Michael Mantha NDP
Ancaster-Dundas-Flamborough-Westdale Ted McMeekin Liberal
Barrie Ann Hoggarth Liberal
Beaches-East York Michael Prue NDP
Bramalea-Gore-Malton Jagmeet Singh NDP
Brampton West Vic Dhillon Liberal
Brampton-Springdale Harinder Malhi Liberal
Brant Dave Levac Liberal
Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound Ellen Anderson Liberal
Burlington Eleanor McMahon Liberal
Cambridge Kathryn McGarry Liberal
Carleton-Mississippi Mills Rosalyn Stevens Liberal
Chatham-Kent-Essex Dan Gelinas NDP
Davenport Jonah Schein NDP
Don Valley East Michael Coteau Liberal
Don Valley West Kathleen Wynne Liberal
Dufferin-Caledon Bobbie Daid Liberal
Durham Granville Anderson Liberal
Eglinton-Lawrence Michael Colle Liberal
Elgin-Middlesex-London Kathy Cornish NDP
Essex Taras Natyshak NDP
Etobicoke Centre Yvan Baker Liberal
Etobicoke North Shafiq Qaadri Liberal
Etobicoke-Lakeshore Peter Milczyn Liberal
Glengarry-Prescott-Russell Grant Crack Liberal
Guelph Liz Sandals Liberal
Haldimand-Norfolk Ian Nichols NDP
Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock Rick Johnson Liberal
Halton Indira Naidoo-Harris Liberal
Hamilton Centre Andrea Horwath NDP
Hamilton East-Stoney Creek Paul Miller NDP
Hamilton Mountain Monique Taylor NDP
Huron-Bruce Jan Johnstone NDP
Kenora-Rainy River Sarah Campbell NDP
Kingston and the Islands Sophia Kiwala Liberal
Kitchener Centre Daiene Vernile Liberal
Kitchener-Conestoga Wayne Wright Liberal
Kitchener-Waterloo Catherine Fife NDP
Lambton-Kent-Middlesex Joe Hill NDP
Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington Bill MacDonald Liberal
Leeds-Granville Christine Milks Liberal
London North Centre Deb Matthews Liberal
London West Peggy Sattler NDP
London-Fanshawe Teresa Armstrong NDP
Markham-Unionville Michael Chan Liberal
Mississauga East-Cooksville Dipika Damerla Liberal
Mississauga South Charles Sousa Liberal
Mississauga-Brampton South Amrit Mangat Liberal
Mississauga-Erindale Harinder Takhar Liberal
Mississauga-Streetsville Bob Delaney Liberal
Nepean-Carleton Jack Uppal Liberal
Newmarket-Aurora Chris Ballard Liberal
Niagara Falls Wayne Gates NDP
Niagara West-Glanbrook Brian McCormack NDP
Nickel Belt France Gelinas NDP
Nipissing Henri Giroux NDP
Northumberland-Quinte West Lou Rinaldi Liberal
Oak Ridges-Markham Helena Jaczek Liberal
Oakville Kevin Flynn Liberal
Oshawa Jennifer French NDP
Ottawa Centre Yasir Naqvi Liberal
Ottawa South John Fraser Liberal
Ottawa West-Nepean Bob Chiarelli Liberal
Ottawa-Orleans Marie-France Lalonde Liberal
Ottawa-Vanier Madeleine Meilleur Liberal
Oxford Bryan Smith NDP
Parkdale-High Park Cheri DiNovo NDP
Parry Sound-Muskoka Dan Waters Liberal
Perth-Wellington Stewart Skinner Liberal
Peterborough Jeff Leal Liberal
Pickering-Scarborough East Tracy MacCharles Liberal
Prince Edward-Hastings Georgina Thompson Liberal
Renfrew-Nipissing-Pembroke Brian Dougherty NDP
Richmond Hill Reza Moridi Liberal
St. Catharines Jim Bradley Liberal
St. Paul's Eric Hoskins Liberal
Sarnia-Lambton Brian White NDP
Sault Ste. Marie Celia Ross NDP
Scarborough Centre Brad Duguid Liberal
Scarborough Southwest Lorenzo Berardinetti Liberal
Scarborough-Agincourt Soo Wong Liberal
Scarborough-Guildwood Mitzie Hunter Liberal
Scarborough-Rouge River Neethan Shan NDP
Simcoe North Doris Middleton NDP
Simcoe-Grey David Matthews NDP
Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry John Earle Liberal
Sudbury Joe Cimino NDP
Thornhill Sandra Yeung Racco Liberal
Thunder Bay-Atikokan Mary Kozorys NDP
Thunder Bay-Superior North Andrew Foulds NDP
Timiskaming-Cochrane John Vanthof NDP
Timmins-James Bay Gilles Bisson NDP
Toronto Centre Kate Sellar NDP
Toronto-Danforth Peter Tabuns NDP
Trinity-Spadina Rosario Marchese NDP
Vaughan Steven Del Duca Liberal
Welland Cindy Forster NDP
Wellington-Halton Hills Dan Zister Liberal
Whitby-Oshawa Ajay Krishnan Liberal
Willowdale David Zimmer Liberal
Windsor West Lisa Gretzky NDP
Windsor-Tecumseh Percy Hatfield NDP
York Centre Monte Kwinter Liberal
York South-Weston Paul Ferreira NDP
York West Tom Rakocevik NDP
York Simcoe Loralea Caruthers Liberal

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Open letter to Wynne and Horwath on healthcare and leaders’ debates

 

Dear Premier Wynne and Ms. Horwath,

SEIU Healthcare fully supports the idea of holding several election debates over the course of the Ontario election campaign.

We are calling on you to commit to making healthcare the focus of a leaders’ debate.

Ontarians have a choice to make on June 12 on who they trust to protect public healthcare services and jobs.

A debate dedicated to healthcare would illustrate that choice and clearly show where you stand.

Unfortunately, we know a PC government would outsource hospital jobs and drive down wages in the health sector. Plus, Tim Hudak would cancel planned raises for home and community care personal support workers (PSWs) announced in April 2014. We are asking our members to stop Hudak and save healthcare.

Healthcare continually ranks as one of the top issues in public opinion surveys. And with spending on healthcare already constituting nearly half of the provincial budget, the sustainability of the healthcare system is directly tied to the Ontario government’s ability to balance the budget and grow the economy.

Before an election was called, the budget contained a commitment to raise wages for PSWs by $4.00 in just two years. This would be a major victory for these caregivers who have struggled for years to gain recognition for the vital role they play in making homecare work every day.

It is important that any party elected to lead Ontario match or surpass this historic homecare commitment. Our members will continue fighting for Sweet $16 and the many changes our homecare system needs.

Will you agree to make healthcare the focus of a leaders’ debate?

 

Sincerely,

Sharleen Stewart

President, SEIU Healthcare

RIGHT TO PAY EQUITY PETITION: Stop government actions denying pay equity to nursing home workers

SIGN THE PETITION!

The Ontario Government has intervened at the Pay Equity Hearings Tribunal to deny Ontario nursing home workers the right to pay equity. Gender pay gaps have been created in this sector as a result of the failure to recognize and value the demanding skills and responsibilities of these workers who must handle the increasing care needs of nursing home residents. The predominantly female nursing home workers need the same pay equity rights as those who do the same job in municipal and county Homes for the Aged.

By signing the petition, you call on the government to ensure that such work is properly evaluated and compensated free of discrimination by:

  • Recognizing that nursing home workers are entitled to maintenance provisions under the Pay Equity Act
  • Withdrawing from the Pay Equity Tribunal case
  • Advocating for the valuable work women provide to society and in particular care of seniors in the nursing home sector
  • Being part of the solution by funding the closing of the pay gap in the proxy sector
  • Protecting the heart of healthcare: frontline staff

SIGN THE PETITION!

Support the locked out SCI Funeral Home Workers

Support the locked out SCI Funeral Home Workers

Meet Joel Dodge, he’s an embalmer for the Delmoro Funeral Home in North York, Ontario, but he calls himself an artist – an artist who has to know about pathology and anatomy.


"We try our hardest to make the deceased look good for the families through the hard times they’re going through," says Joel.

He grew up in a small town, around the funeral business, "in a Six Feet Under kind of family," jokes Joel. "I saw my first deceased at age 5." He ran away, but from that moment he knew what he wanted to do.

Joel has been working in the funeral industry now for 6 years; licensed as a funeral director for two (all embalmers in the province need to be licensed funeral directors).

Joel is the first to point out that he has the responsibility of giving grieving families their "last memory" of their loved ones, while the "transfer drivers" who transport the deceased from hospitals and homes to the funeral parlours are the first ones to meet the families in their moment of grief, and that’s "very hard" says Joel. They are responsibilities that Joel and his co-workers take very seriously.

Joel and nearly 30 of his co-workers, embalmers and transfer drivers, were locked out by the employer Dignity Memorial on June 27th. Dignity Memorial Canada is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American funeral industry giant, Service Corporation International (SCI).

SCI, through Dignity Memorial, controls most of the funeral homes in the GTA – and in fact, SCI has a near monopoly over funeral services across North America. The company is no stranger to controversy and criminal investigation, and has been the subject of a 60 Minutes investigation. Despite all of this, SCI grossed over half a billion dollars in profits last year.

"People think that the Jerret family still own the Jerret’s funeral parlour – or that Mr. Rosar is the one attending to their loved ones in the back of the Rosar-Morrison funeral home – but they’re not – Dignity-SCI owns these, and they treat the business like it’s Wal-mart or something," says Doug Power, with SEIU Healthcare.

"Most people don’t realize that Delmoro is the central location for the SCI homes in the GTA – that’s where their loved ones end up, being transported and attended to by our members," adds Power.

Working conditions, the return of sick days, and pay increases in line with the industry are some of the issues for the workers. “They’re (Dignity-SCI) not acknowledging us and what a huge role we play in the funeral industry," says Joel.

"We just want to get a fair deal. We just want to go back to work."

You can see more about locked out SCI worker, Joel Dodge by clicking on the image. Download a copy of this story to share here.

Meet Joel Dodge from SEIU Healthcare on Vimeo.

May 19 - SEIU Healthcare Celebrates PSW Day

Personal Support Workers are the heart of healthcare. Every day, they provide high-quality care to our province’s most vulnerable. They do it with love, compassion, and – most importantly – with heart.

This and every PSW Day, SEIU Healthcare salutes the thousands of PSWs we have the privilege of representing. On behalf of the people you care for and their families, thank you for the important work you do.

SEIU Healthcare is fighting to protect our caregivers by calling on decision-makers to create a plan that offers PSWs fair wages, job security, and benefits. Learn more here

Calling all paramedics: we need your input in helping to shape how you practise in Ontario!

Recently, SEIU has been approached by the Health Professions Regulatory Advisory Council (HPRAC) about potential changes to the way paramedics provide service in our province.

As the largest healthcare union in Canada, SEIU will submit its recommendations to the Council. Equipped with our stance, the Council will then make a recommendation to Deb Matthews, Ontario’s Minister of Health and Long-term Care.

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