Many young people today are indifferent regarding politics and its direct impact on their everyday lives, which is why they do not exercise their right to vote. In the past, I have felt the same because I too fell victim to the idea that I was incapable of making a difference. In addition, I did not have the information necessary to make an informed decision. However, I will never make that mistake again because now I realize why politics matter. In order to help protect the best interests of healthcare workers, I voted against Tim Hudak to ensure we wouldn’t go back to the Mike Harris days.
"...I too fell victim to the idea that I was incapable of making a difference."
I have worked in Long-Term Care for 11 years. I started out in housekeeping, then dietary, and now nursing. I often arrive at work early and leave late. I often do not take breaks because of the amount of work I have to do. I love my job because I know that I am making a positive difference in the lives of seniors. I see them more than I see some of my own family members and I feel as though employers take advantage of our kind-hearted nature. It is important that all SEIU members stand together and voice their concerns. I also think it is extremely important for all of us to know our rights because SEIU members hold a lot of power and it is up to us to use it. If we aren’t aware and voice our concerns, then we are telling employers that they can walk all over us. I feel so lucky to be working in a unionized environment because I know I would be making less money, I would have less job security and I would not have SEIU to protect my rights as a worker. Healthcare workers take care of the health and well-being of our communities and SEIU takes care of us. It is like a family – stronger together!
Jennifer Pavao, RPN