The workers who provide personal health care support will rally outside Health Minister George Smitherman’s office tomorrow, Friday, June 22, in a bid to finally obtain money recently pledged to increase their wages.
The problem? Funding recently intended to increase the low wages paid to personal support workers (PSWs) — those who do some of health care’s most difficult jobs — is being kept by some of the employers instead. It amounts to an increase of $1.49 per hour. Health Minister Smitherman can make the money flow. The Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) is urging him to do the right thing.
WHAT: Rally to demand PSWs get their dollar-forty-nine
WHO: Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions (OCHU/CUPE)
Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer, CUPE Ontario
Marie Clarke Walker, Executive Vice-President, Canadian Labour Congress
Kelly O’Sullivan, President, CUPE 4308
Robin Miller, President, CUPE 3202
Musician Faith Nolan will be performing
WHEN: Friday, June 22 at 12:00 Noon
WHERE: The office of George Smitherman, Minister of Health & Long-Term Care
80 Grosvenor Street (North of College, West of Bay), Toronto
For more information, please contact:
Kelly O’Sullivan President, CUPE 4308 416-529-9600 (C)
David Robbins CUPE Communications 613-878-1431 (C)