Health care workers at peopleCare long term care home in Tavistock, Ont. have voted to join Unifor.
“Health care workers across the country are demanding more for themselves and those that they care for,” said Lana Payne, Unifor National President. “Joining a union is the first step in improving the working and living conditions in long-term care homes. I welcome our newest members at peopleCare and look forward to bargaining a first collective agreement that respects, protects and adequately pays our members.”
In the coming weeks, Unifor will focus on electing workplace representatives and continue with ongoing membership outreach for collective bargaining preparation.
“These workers now join the 30,000 health care workers who are already part of Unifor,” said Naureen Rizvi, Ontario Regional Director. “Our members at peopleCare can now draw on the depth of experience and knowledge of health care workers across the country to negotiate a contract that best reflects their true value.”
The new members include registered personal support workers, health care aides, screening and recreating functions to the residents of the facility.
They join 30,000 Unifor members working in health care in hospitals, long-term care facilities, emergency medical services, community services, social services and home care.