- 26 May 2014 26 May 2014
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.
Who should I vote for to stop Hudak?
|Electoral District||To stop Hudak, SEIU members should vote for:|
|Beaches-East York||Michael Prue||NDP|
|Brampton West||Vic Dhillon||Liberal|
|Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound||Ellen Anderson||Liberal|
|Carleton-Mississippi Mills||Rosalyn Stevens||Liberal|
|Don Valley East||Michael Coteau||Liberal|
|Don Valley West||Kathleen Wynne||Liberal|
|Etobicoke Centre||Yvan Baker||Liberal|
|Etobicoke North||Shafiq Qaadri||Liberal|
|Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock||Rick Johnson||Liberal|
|Hamilton Centre||Andrea Horwath||NDP|
|Hamilton East-Stoney Creek||Paul Miller||NDP|
|Hamilton Mountain||Monique Taylor||NDP|
|Kenora-Rainy River||Sarah Campbell||NDP|
|Kingston and the Islands||Sophia Kiwala||Liberal|
|Kitchener Centre||Daiene Vernile||Liberal|
|Lanark-Frontenac-Lennox and Addington||Bill MacDonald||Liberal|
|London North Centre||Deb Matthews||Liberal|
|London West||Peggy Sattler||NDP|
|Mississauga East-Cooksville||Dipika Damerla||Liberal|
|Mississauga South||Charles Sousa||Liberal|
|Mississauga-Brampton South||Amrit Mangat||Liberal|
|Niagara Falls||Wayne Gates||NDP|
|Niagara West-Glanbrook||Brian McCormack||NDP|
|Nickel Belt||France Gelinas||NDP|
|Northumberland-Quinte West||Lou Rinaldi||Liberal|
|Oak Ridges-Markham||Helena Jaczek||Liberal|
|Ottawa Centre||Yasir Naqvi||Liberal|
|Ottawa South||John Fraser||Liberal|
|Ottawa West-Nepean||Bob Chiarelli||Liberal|
|Parkdale-High Park||Cheri DiNovo||NDP|
|Parry Sound-Muskoka||Dan Waters||Liberal|
|Pickering-Scarborough East||Tracy MacCharles||Liberal|
|Prince Edward-Hastings||Georgina Thompson||Liberal|
|Richmond Hill||Reza Moridi||Liberal|
|St. Catharines||Jim Bradley||Liberal|
|St. Paul's||Eric Hoskins||Liberal|
|Sault Ste. Marie||Celia Ross||NDP|
|Scarborough Centre||Brad Duguid||Liberal|
|Scarborough Southwest||Lorenzo Berardinetti||Liberal|
|Scarborough-Rouge River||Neethan Shan||NDP|
|Simcoe North||Doris Middleton||NDP|
|Stormont-Dundas-South Glengarry||John Earle||Liberal|
|Thornhill||Sandra Yeung Racco||Liberal|
|Thunder Bay-Atikokan||Mary Kozorys||NDP|
|Thunder Bay-Superior North||Andrew Foulds||NDP|
|Timmins-James Bay||Gilles Bisson||NDP|
|Toronto Centre||Kate Sellar||NDP|
|Vaughan||Steven Del Duca||Liberal|
|Wellington-Halton Hills||Dan Zister||Liberal|
|Windsor West||Lisa Gretzky||NDP|
|York Centre||Monte Kwinter||Liberal|
|York South-Weston||Paul Ferreira||NDP|
|York West||Tom Rakocevik||NDP|
|York Simcoe||Loralea Caruthers||Liberal|
- 21 May 2014 21 May 2014
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?
President, SEIU Healthcare
- 21 March 2014 21 March 2014
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
- 12 July 2013 12 July 2013
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.
- 09 May 2013 09 May 2013
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
- 09 May 2013 09 May 2013
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.