October 14, 2021 – Community service workers at Houselink and Mainstay have voted for SEIU Healthcare to be their union following a merger that saw the two housing agencies join forces.
On October 13 and 14, frontline workers for both organizations voted through a PSLRTA (Public Sector Labour Relations Transition Act) to determine whether SEIU Healthcare, who was the union at Houselink, or the Ontario Public Service Employees Union (OPSEU), who represented workers Mainstay, would serve as their union moving forward.
With a strong voter turnout, it was clear from the results that SEIU Healthcare was the union of choice for these frontline workers. We are excited to welcome our new members from Mainstay and thank our members from Houselink for their continued trust and support. We look forward to working together to strengthen their working conditions, wages and retirement security.
“Being represented by SEIU Healthcare means having a union that specializes in the work we do and the issues we face. It also means belonging to a pension plan, which is so rare for community service workers like us. SEIU Healthcare has been one of the leading voices and advocates for frontline workers during the COVID-19 pandemic and it was an easy choice to move forward with them as our union.” – Yun Lin, Community Mental Health and Housing Worker.