Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

March 11, 2009 11:22 ET

Media Advisory: CUPE-What Does the McGuinty Government Have Against Home Care Workers?

CUPE press conference tomorrow: home care workers excluded from severance pay under proposed changes to employment standards (Bill 139)

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - March 11, 2009) - Home care workers are being excluded from the Dalton McGuinty Liberal government's amendments to the Employment Standards Act under Bill 139, the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) and the Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU) will warn at a Thursday morning press conference.

WHO: Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
Steven Barrett, Lawyer, Sack Goldblatt Mitchell
Kelly O'Sullivan, President, CUPE 4308 home care workers

WHAT: Press conference on exclusion of home care workers from termination
and severance pay

WHERE: Queen's Park Media Studio

WHEN: Thursday, March 12, 10:00 AM

Bill 139, as currently written, doubly punishes home care workers. First, the competitive bidding system means that home care workers lose employment much more frequently because agencies and companies are always losing contracts and then Bill 139 would exclude them from even receiving termination and severance pay.

"It begs the question: What does the McGuinty government have against home care workers? Why are they excluded from rights that are extended to other workers?" asks CUPE.

Contact Information

  • Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario
    David Robbins
    CUPE Communications
    (613) 878-1431 (C)