Mandatory Sprinklers in Retirement Homes a Win for SEIU Members!

SEIU Healthcare is pleased with the Wynne government’s announcement this week that sprinkler systems will now be mandatory for all retirement and long-term care homes in the province.

It was a long time coming!

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Budget provides opportunity to fulfill the promise of homecare

Yesterday the Ontario government unveiled their 2013 provincial budget. From a SEIU Healthcare perspective, we’re very pleased to learn that $260 million has been set aside this year for homecare as part of a plan to meet the needs of an aging population and sustain public healthcare. If implemented properly, it should result in more care for those who need it and more hours for the Personal Support Workers we represent.

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SEIU Healthcare: We Keep Hospitals Working

It comes as no shock to anyone who has had to rely on the healthcare system in Ontario that the system has come under considerable strain in recent years – especially in our hospitals.

The government has made it clear that we’re in a period of transition and uncertainty.

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SEIU Celebrates Administrative Professionals’ Week

April 21-27, 2013

The theme of this year’s Administrative Professionals' Week is: Be the best you can be!

SEIU Healthcare salutes the hard work and creativity of our 7,000 healthcare administrative professional members in Ontario.

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Fight Bill C-377, an attack on workers’ rights, privacy and ability to organize

For years, provincial and federal governments have tirelessly attacked unions, trying to erode the great gains we have made for working Canadians.

Yesterday, their assaults reached unprecedented heights.

Stephen Harper's Conservatives plan to ram Bill C-377, An Act to Amend the Income Tax Act (Labour Organizations) through Parliament. This is a private member's bill that will force every union, every union local, every local labour council, every federation of labour and the Canadian Labour Congress to file intrusive financial reports that will be posted on a public website for every employer to see. It’s designed to monitor who is engaging in, and how much money is spent on, lobbying and political activities. Bill C-377 is coming from Canada’s economic and political class who don’t want workers organizing to challenge them.

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Closing the wage gap: SEIU women leaders’ battle to achieve pay equity

Closing the wage gap: SEIU women leaders’ battle to achieve pay equity

IN 2013, APRIL 9TH IS EQUAL PAY DAY IN ONTARIO!

Equal Pay Day is held annually in April to signify the point into a year that a woman must work to earn what a man made the previous year. Statistics show that women still earn only 77 percent of what men earn.

Equal Pay Day is an excellent opportunity to organize activities and events to bring attention to the wage gap. Here’s how you can be a part of the movement:

  • Join Women across Ontario for a Fair Ontario and wear RED on April 9th.
  • Dress in RED to show that women are still in the red when it comes to wages.
  • Carry a RED purse or bag that day.
  • Use the hashtag #EqualPayDay in your tweets and social media posts.
  • Help spread the word – raise awareness about the pay equity and pay gaps that affect all kinds of women across Ontario.

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