SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

SEIU Canada (Service Employees International Union - Canada)

March 08, 2010 15:31 ET

Sudbury Seniors and Home Care Workers Take to the Streets

SUDBURY, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 8, 2010) - Seniors in Sudbury joined with home care workers and members of Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Local 1 on Monday for a rally calling on Comcare, a for-profit home care agency, to provide quality care for clients and travel time for staff.

Growing numbers of elderly in Sudbury are relying on home care workers who provide care to seniors, children with disabilities, and patients recently out of hospital.

But clients and staff of Comcare have become increasingly concerned about quality of care.

The company is forcing home care workers to pay out-of-pocket for fuel and mileage costs, and is not covering the time they spend travelling from one home appointment to the next.

According to home care workers, the situation is becoming so unsustainable that many are quitting because they are better off working at fast food restaurants, which will lead to longer wait times and missed appointments for Comcare clients and more pressure on hospitals. "Many younger workers are quitting and opting for jobs elsewhere," said Yvette Emond, a Sudbury home care worker and SEIU Local 1 member. SEIU says its members can no longer afford to "pay to work". "It's too expensive," said Ms. Emond.

"To provide quality care you need quality professionals and a sustainable workforce," said Sharleen Stewart, president of SEIU Local 1. "With Comcare's current regime, quality care cannot be assured," added Ms. Stewart, who called for adequate travel time for Comcare workers.

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