TORONTO, ON – Increasing violence directed at hospital staff is among factors driving the worsening staffing shortage in Ontario’s health sector, say two unions representing nearly 70,000 hospital workers province-wide.
Responding to a recent letter from Premier Doug Ford asking for input, two of Ontario’s largest health care unions are urging him to move beyond the excuse of vaccination mandates and acknowledge the real reasons why there is a growing and critical shortage of nurses, personal support workers and other hospital staff province-wide.
Health care workers represented by CUPE and SEIU are protesting real wage cuts and concessions prior to their upcoming collective bargaining negotiations with the Ontario Health Association this fall. This is no way to thank front line health care workers for all they have done during the pandemic.
After all of your courage, hard work and sacrifice during the pandemic, your union believes that you deserve to see an increase in your real income.
UHN, 585 University Avenue
Inflation was 3.4% in April but the government has limited our wage increases to 1% for the first 3 years of our contract. But Quebec just signed a deal that gives its health care workers 2% increases in each of the next 3 years plus 1% lump sums in years 1 and 3.
TORONTO,ON – Health-care workers who have been there for patients and their families in every corner of Ontario throughout the COVID-19 pandemic are telling the Ford government that its wage restraint program profoundly devalues the contribution they’ve made, and that it must go now.
May 19 is PSW Day, an occasion to celebrate the critical role of Personal Support Workers in our health care system. Alongside other health care workers including nurses, cleaners and dietary aides, PSWs form an integral part of care teams across our health care system and deserve respect, good compensation and protection. Thank you to PSWs & all health care workers. #PSWDay
On April 28, we are encouraging all CUPE members across the province to observe a moment of silence in recognition of workers who have been killed or injured on the job and in protest of the government’s failure to protect them from COVID-19.