PRESS RELEASE: SEIU Healthcare response to 2016 Ontario Budget

February 25, 2016, Toronto – SEIU Healthcare applauds the Ontario Government’s budget for enabling our members’ voices to be heard and meeting its commitment to raise the base hourly wages for Personal Support Workers (PSW) to $16.50 this year and for a continued investment of $500 million over the next two years in home and community care.

SEIU Healthcare championed the Sweet$16 campaign in 2014, which called on the government to raise the hourly wage for Personal Support Workers to $16.

“Today we are pleased to see the 2016 Ontario budget fully realize a government commitment to raise the base wage for PSWs to at least $16.50,” said Sharleen Stewart, President of SEIU Healthcare.

SEIU Healthcare looks forward to continuing to work with the Ontario Government on initiatives based on advancing fairness and equity. By ensuring public investments make their way directly to improve and enhance frontline services, funding will be directed to where it matters most: improving the lives of patients and their care providers.

“In the face of a challenging fiscal situation, investing in homecare and frontline workers is the right way to transform healthcare by meeting the growing needs of those who rely on quality care,” said Stewart.  “SEIU Healthcare looks forward to continuing to work with the Ontario Government to ensure these investments continue into the future.”

About SEIU Healthcare

SEIU Healthcare represents more than 55,000 healthcare and community service workers across Ontario. The union’s members work in hospitals, home care, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province. SEIU Healthcare has a strong track record of improving wages, benefits and working conditions for healthcare workers, supporting the training and development needs of its members, and strengthening standards in the management and delivery of patient and client care.

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Shilpa Sharma
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Phone: 416-518-0822

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