SEIU Local 1 Canada

SEIU Local 1 Canada

April 08, 2009 07:00 ET

SEIU Local 1-Media Advisory: Red Cross Workers in Niagara Region Strike Today

ST. CATHARINES, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - April 8, 2009) - Red Cross workers, who provide important home care services, will stage a one day strike in St. Catharines. The strike will include Red Cross home care workers from across Niagara region.

Representatives of SEIU Local 1 will be available for interviews with the media between 10:00 am and 12:00 pm.

Picket time: 9:00 am to 3:00 pm

Media Availability: 10:00 am to 12:00 pm

Location: Red Cross Office
211 Church St.

Media Contact: Pat Chastang
Media Relations
(416) 709-0501

SEIU Home Care Chronological Backgrounder


- SEIU conducts extensive review of home care; analyzing the sector, system challenges, impacts of the moratorium for the Elinor Caplan review

- SEIU participates in the Elinor Caplan review of home care; providing submissions and making presentations

- Caplan issues recommendations calling on government to set basic employment standards for workers in the industry, including dental, drug plans, pension and travel compensation.

2006 - 2007

- McGuinty Government promises to act on Caplan's home care recommendations - promising to work with the home care sector to develop targets...In addition; personal support workers will be compensated for mileage and travel time.

- SEIU conducts multiple organizing campaigns, welcoming even more home care workers into the union from across the province



- Collective agreement with Red Cross expires. After initial bargaining the parties apply for conciliation.


- Negotiations with Red Cross continue.


- SEIU supports a comprehensive review of the Ontario home care system in partnership with the Ontario Health Coalition. Public hearings are held in 5 cities across Ontario.

June - July:

- Strike votes are organized to reach all Red Cross members across the province.

- SEIU begins an aggressive government lobbying campaign; meeting with MPPs, Ministry of Health and Long Term Care officials and Ministry of Labour officials including Ministers - raising awareness of issues affecting home care workers.


- Strike votes are tallied; 88% of Red Cross workers vote for a strike.


- SEIU launches the Running on Empty campaign (


- SEIU rallies members and communities in North Bay to support home care workers.

- Home Care: Change We Need is publicly released. The report, resulting from findings from public hearings and submissions in June, is well received and presented to the Ministry of Health and Long Term Care.


- SEIU welcomes more new home care workers in to the union with an organizing drive.


February - March

- SEIU continues to bargain with the Red Cross.


- SEIU files a no board report and Red Cross workers are in a legal strike position.

- SEIU home care workers with Red Cross meet with MPPs across Ontario to raise awareness of issues in the sector including: Jim Bradley, Minister of Tourism; John Milloy, Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities; Sandra Pupatello, Minister of International Trade and Investment; Monique Smith, Minister of Tourism; Steve Peters, Speaker of the Legislative Assembly and others.

- SEIU begins rotating strikes with the Red Cross.

Contact Information

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