OPSEU Diablogue: Home Care: Giving and taking away

The government gives, the home care agencies take away. Many of OPSEU’s home care agencies are presently at the bargaining table. You’d think this would be the best of times for the professional and support staff that conducts the often … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Two-thirds of Ontario PSWs excluded from wage adjustment

It was clear from the start that the much applauded increase for Ontario’s Personal Support Workers was not going to apply to all. Back in April the government noted that “more than 34,000 of Ontario’s PSWs deliver care, assistance and … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Matthews promises to improve PSW compensation — but it will take time

There may soon be good news for the province’s personal support workers. “When PSWs tell me they can make more at Tim Horton’s, I sit up and take notice,” Health Minister Deb Matthews was reported to have said yesterday at … Continue reading →

Politics and its Discontents: Domestic Abuse?

Anyone who has experience with the elderly, be they grandparents, parents, or extended family members, knows that their medical needs are often complex, and their isolation profound. As we age, there is no assurance that despite our best efforts to keep healthy and vigorous, we will not find ourselves in the position of needing a ...

OPSEU Diablogue: PSW Strike: A real-life Dickens tale here in Ontario

It’s day three of the Red Cross Care Partners (RCCP) strike and the weather is freezing. 4,500 personal support workers across the province went on strike Wednesday after the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and RCCP failed to reach an … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: Underpaid PSWs locked out after refusing wage concessions

The March of Dimes is a registered charity that helps Ontarians with disabilities live independently. Recently the charity locked out about 30 Oakville Personal Support Workers (PSWs) after they refused to give in to wage concessions. These  OPSEU-represented PSWs are … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: PSW Registry – Many issues unresolved despite impending deadline

As the deadline approaches for home care personal support workers to register with the government’s new PSW Registry, key issues remain up in the air and are unlikely to be resolved soon. PSWs may very well ask what they are registering … Continue reading →

OPSEU Diablogue: PSW registry up and running despite unresolved key issues

Health Minister Deb Matthews rose in the legislature to announce June 13 the new PSW Registry is up and running. Initially PSWs (Personal Support Workers)  in the home care sector are being asked to sign up, followed by those working Ontario’s long … Continue reading →