Purple Power! Homecare PSWs celebrate Sweet $16.50!

Homecare personal support workers are celebrating a commitment from the Ontario government to raise current wages for all PSWs working in homecare and the community services sector.

This year, retroactive to April 1, all homecare and community care PSWs will see a $1.50 increase. A $1.50 raise would follow on April 1, 2015, and a further $1.00 on April 1, 2016. Under this plan, those currently making the minimum of $12.50 an hour would make $16.50 an hour by 2016.

The announcement follows an Ontario-wide strike over poor compensation and working conditions, a historic meeting at Queen's Park, and the launch of SEIU Healthcare's "Sweet $16" campaign to fix the homecare system by investing directly in Ontario's homecare PSWs.


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