PRESIDENT, SEIU HEALTHCARE
2020, a year that nobody could have ever predicted, highlighted to the government and the public what we’ve been telling them for years: all healthcare workers are truly essential.
The collective effort of one group of people is giving families hope for a brighter future – that’s you, our healthcare workers.
Your dedication to service has been a silver lining during the darkest public health crisis of our lifetime.
Mere words of gratitude can never acknowledge the debt you’re owed for the sacrifices you’ve made. That’s why our union has been fighting for results that deliver the safety and security you deserve as a healthcare worker.
In the spring, SEIU Healthcare successfully worked with the federal government to fund pandemic pay for essential workers. Shamefully, the provincial government bungled the roll-out and wrongly excluded critical members of the health team.
As the pandemic raged, our union fought hard for better access to the personal protective equipment you desperately need. We sued the province to remove barriers to N95 masks during outbreak—and we won.
SEIU Healthcare is standing shoulder to shoulder with healthcare workers whose employers have violated their human rights on the basis of their gender and race. That’s why our union is supporting their legal complaint to the Human Rights Tribunal of Ontario because we must reform a healthcare system that discriminates against women and workers of colour. When we win this case, we can better improve wages and working conditions for all people serving in the care economy.
As the year starts with cases of COVID-19 at its peak, it’s never been more important that we keep fighting. As a healthcare-only union with over 70 years of experience, we know there is nothing more important than your protection during these unprecedented times. You can count on us to keep fighting for faster access to vaccination and expanded paid sick days for all.
SEIU Healthcare members spoke loud and clear in 2020: “If you want to call us heroes, treat us like heroes.” So, for 2021 we’re turning that message into a mantra:
Thank you for all you do to support the delivery of quality health services and for all you do as a source of hope and inspiration for all families.