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CUPE, Unifor and SEIU Healthcare media conference to launch ‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’ campaign for Ontario health care workers

‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’
March 5, 2021 - 12:00 AM

TORONTO- SEIU Healthcare, CUPE, and Unifor to announce ‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’ campaign on behalf of the unions’ 175,000 combined health care members across Ontario.

Following the overstress of health care resources and failure of Ontario’s long-term care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, health care workers are uniting to demand action from the Ford government. 

The campaign will officially launch Monday, March 8, 2021 on International Women’s Day, in recognition of the fact that a significant number of health and long-term care workers are racialized women workers subject to low pay, precarious work conditions.

            What:    Virtual media conference to announce ‘Respect Us. Protect Us. Pay Us.’ campaign

Who:     Sharleen Stewart, President, SEIU Healthcare

                            Sharon Richer, Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions/CUPE

              Katha Fortier, Assistant to the National President, Unifor

                            Frontline Ontario health and long-term care workers

                          When:   Sunday, March 7, 2021   1 p.m.

Where:  Journalists can register to participate by emailing kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org

For media inquiries, contact:

Corey Johnson, SEIU Healthcare - c.johnson@seiuhealthcare.ca, 416-529-8909

Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications - syeadon@cupe.ca, 416-559-9300

Kathleen O’Keefe, Unifor Communications - kathleen.okeefe@unifor.org, 416-896-3303