Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)

Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU)
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)
Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)

Ontario Nurses Association (ONA)
Laborers International Union (LIUNA)

January 14, 2008 15:44 ET

Mary Walsh Heads Star Lineup for Home Care Rally in Hamilton

HAMILTON, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 14, 2008) - Comedian Mary Walsh, Hamilton Tiger Cat and radio personality Jason Farr, national NDP leader Jack Layton, and recording artist Tom Juravich will headline a massive Wednesday evening rally to save home care in Hamilton.

About 225 skilled health care staff will lose their jobs after the Victorian Order of Nurses and St. Joseph's Home Care contracts expire in April, meaning many home care patients will lose the continuity of care from their trusted care givers.

This rally is part of a broad community-wide protest. Details are as follows:

What: Rally to save home care in Hamilton
When: Wednesday, January 16, 7:00 p.m.
Where: Michelangelo Banquet Hall, 1555 Upper Ottawa St., Hamilton

The two agencies were discarded in a flawed, costly and confusing home care bidding system, originally brought in by the Mike Harris government and maintained by the Liberals virtually intact. The process encourages "cutthroat bidding," pitting agencies against one another to provide the cheapest, most profitable home care, region-by-region and favours for profit-agencies at the expense of long-term not-for-profit caregivers.

A video presentation will focus on the plight of patients who fear losing much-needed home care services, and the frustrations of workers, the majority of whom are women. Speakers will include patients and families affected by the process.

Other speakers will include union leaders Linda Haslam-Stroud (Ontario Nurses' Association), Sid Ryan (Canadian Union of Public Employees), Smokey Thomas (Ontario Public Service Employees Union), and Nancy Guzzo (Laborers' International Union of North America).

Contact Information

    Lucy Morton
    (905) 317-9464