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SEIU Healthcare in the Media

Newmarket-area group home charged after drowning death of support worker
January 14, 2022

Outbreaks, staffing shortages reappear in Stratford area long-term care homes
January 9, 2022

Ontario hospitals brace for Omicron’s impact as hundreds of staff members call in sick
Staff shortages are expected to affect the entire health-care system and delay thousands of procedures
January 3, 2022

Enough already: Workplace violence
Surge in workplace violence the last straw for Canada’s pandemic-weary healthcare workers
December 30, 2021

Escalating violence against health workers prompts calls for action
December 13, 2021

Everyone needs to be cared for at some point — but will care services be there when we need them?
October 29, 2021

Ford government mandate empowers hospitals, long-term care homes to ‘deny’ healthworkers N95 masks
The mandate says employers can ‘deny’ PSWs and other staff N95 masks outside of outbreaks and expert assessments – October 24, 2021

2 unions call on Ontario government to step up protection of hospital workers
SEIU Healthcare and CUPE say violence against hospital workers is on the rise – October 23, 2021

Newmarket’s Southlake Regional Health Centre and its CEO facing more workplace safety charges
‘Disgusted and discouraged’: unions say stiffer penalties needed – October 21, 2021

Ontario announces funds to hire more than 4,000 long-term care workers this year
October 8, 2021

Enough with ‘hero’ talk — pay us fairly, health-care workers say at rally | CBC News
“You’re in your car crying after your shift, because it’s hard to do your best for your patients and yourself, your kids and your family — because it’s so much pressure on you. You just can’t take a break.” – September 10, 2021

Healthcare workers in local hospitals raising the alarm about Bill 124
Unionized healthcare workers are calling on the provincial government to put its money where its mouth is when it comes to supporting them through COVID-19 and beyond. – August 30, 2021

Frustrated health-care employees protest outside Orillia hospital
‘You deserve to be respected, protected, and paid,’ union leader tells employees protesting province’s Bill 124 that, among other things, limits wage increases to 1% – August 24, 2021

Orangeville’s Headwaters Health Care Centre experiences staffing crisis: union
Paramedics asked to work emergency room, staff redeployed in different areas of the hospital – August 19, 2021

No agreement between Ontario and Ottawa leaves hundreds of millions of dollars for long-term care on the table
August 13, 2021

Hospital workers protest provincial wage law in Sarnia
August 12, 2021

SEIU Healthcare President Sharleen Stewart and CUPE’s OCHU President Michael Hurley were on CP24 tonight to discuss the need to repeal Bill 124 and the current Central Hospital Bargaining process with the Ontario Hospital Association. 
August 11, 2021

Some personal support workers get it — others won’t: Workers say Ford’s pandemic pay boost is unfair, arbitrary and will create shortages at retirement homes
August 10, 2021

“We are not being respected. As healthcare workers, we were out on the front lines (of the COVID-19 pandemic) every single day. In the beginning, we were heroes; now we are zeros.”
August 10, 2021

Healthcare workers rally in KL
SEIU Healthcare members who are also front-line staff at Blanche River Health’s Kirkland Lake site, rallied Monday to protest the provincial government’s Bill 124. – August 9, 2021

Health-care workers raise concerns over wages, supports during protest outside RVH
July 29, 2021

‘An alarming exodus’: Ontario nursing sector slammed with staffing shortages as many rethink their careers
July 25, 2021

“They are still are asking for full-time jobs with benefits and paid sick time. Unless we do that, we remain in a real crisis in long-term care and the hospital sector as well”SEIU Healthcare President Sharleen Stewart
July 5, 2021

Front-line hospital workers say they feel betrayed by the province
As the pandemic is beginning to wind down, nurses and other front-line hospital workers say they are feeling demoralized. – June 14, 2021

Registered Practical Nurses struggling with pandemic stress, workload: poll
May 9, 2021

Reinstate isolation pay so workers don’t ‘bear burden,’ union tells Cambridge Memorial Hospital
April 29, 2021

Many reasons for COVID vaccine hesitancy among LTC staff
While more than 1,000 local health-care workers have been vaccinated against COVID-19, hundreds more have turned down the shot when offered. – April 18, 2021

No paid sick days, unvaccinated workers and a rise in COVID-19 variants: Perfect conditions for a deadly storm
March 31, 2021

Why some long-term care staff have hesitated to get COVID-19 vaccines
March 18, 2021

Housebound elderly ‘out of sight, out of mind’ in Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout, experts warn
March 11, 2021

The Ontario PSW Association: A Special Investigation
March 3, 2021

Eastern Ontario health team employees fear lockout: union
February 2, 2021

‘We were forced to neglect our residents’: Grace Villa workers expose conditions inside deadly outbreak
January 26, 2021

Let These Stories Of Front-Line Workers Getting Vaccinated Give You Hope
January 20, 2021

Personal support worker shocked at thin and easily torn medical gowns
January 18, 2021

Voice memos capture an Ontario nurse’s first-wave safety concerns before she died of COVID-19 in January
January 17, 2021

Demand Frontline Health Care Workers Receive Pay While in Isolation and Have Sufficient PPE Supply
January 14, 2021

RCMP launch criminal probe into COVID-19 death tied to massive Alberta meat plant outbreak
January 11, 2021

Ontario hospital CEO who vacationed in Dominican Republic resigns from health panels
January 11, 2021

Protesters urgently call for military support as Toronto long-term care home grapples with deadly outbreak
January 11, 2021