SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

November 27, 2008 18:12 ET

Sault Ste. Marie Home Care Workers Meet MPP Orazietti

SAULT STE. MARIE, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Nov. 27, 2008) - Local home care providers will meet with MPP David Orazietti tomorrow at 1:00 pm to discuss the worsening conditions in the home care industry. The meeting, part of a campaign aptly named Running On Empty, brings to light the problems faced by families of those in need of home care and home care workers in Sault Ste. Marie and across Ontario.

Nearly 295,000 Ontarians, people such as seniors and adults and children with disabilities, access home care services. This service allows them to remain in the comfort of their own homes instead of being admitted to hospitals and nursing homes. As a result, home care takes pressure off Ontario's health care system and ultimately saves the public valuable health dollars.

Home care workers are not paid for time spent travelling and barely get compensated for mileage. They do the same work as personal support workers who work in nursing homes but are usually paid less. The current situation has left many home care workers wondering how long they can afford to keep seeing their clients. These are some of the issues they want to address during the meeting with MPP Orazietti.

The local home care workers, with the support of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Canada, are working to get the message out to community leaders, politicians and home care agencies. Creating a dialogue between all parties will work towards stabilizing the industry which in turn will attract more quality workers.

SEIU represents more than 6,000 home care workers in Ontario and 500,000 home care workers in North America. SEIU is home to over 2 million workers across North America.

Contact Information

  • SEIU Canada
    Pat Chastang
    Media Relations
    (416) 709-0501