Failing Workers and Patients



    PSW Day At Queen's Park

    PSWs visited the Ontario Legislature on May 19th to mark the first annual Personal Support Worker Day and meet with MPPs and Health Minister Deb Matthews.

    Here is a selection of media articles from PSW day featuring interviews with those PSWs who attended the meetings at Queen's Park.

    Personal support workers help patients "have their dignity" - Northern Life

    Support workers want limit on work - Mississauga News

    Personal support workers declared health care heroes - North York Mirror


    PSW Day Stories Online Now

    Thanks to all the PSWs who sent us their stories for yesterday's PSW day. The day was a great succes, with 35 PSWs from across Ontario meeting with MPPs and Ministers. We have chosen six stories to feature on, and we will be contacting the winner of the $50 Metro Gift Card for best PSW story soon.

    Thank you for lending your voice to such a special day. Your words and insights will be shared with your colleagues and help build a PSW movement that understands the value of care in our society and can work to change the health care system for the better.


    By Colleen Smith (Washago, Ontario)

    I have been a PSW for almost two years and from the very start I realised that this was something I was born to do; I was meant for this and it was meant for me.

    When I was younger I used to watch my grandfather get ready for the weekly visit from his care worker. He would race around the house tidying up and washing dishes so that after he had been bathed and dressed they would have more time to chat and play cards together. He looked forward to it so much that my grandmother was actually jealous of her ! But “Lady Di” (as my grandmother had nicknamed her) made my grandfather laugh and was actually one of the few people who could beat him at cribbage.  I remember thinking as I watched her interact with him that this would be something I would like to do one day - to make a difference in someone's life and make them smile...READ MORE


    Beware of Management Lies, Threats and Bribes

    Why do employers fight so hard to keep the union out? Because they are afraid of the powerful force that unionized homecare workers can be. They know they will not be able to control us because we will have a say. They are also worried that they will have to spend more money in wages and benefits so homecare workers can have a fair share of the pie.

    Yes, it’s about POWER and MONEY, and management will lie, threaten and bribe to keep both.

    Employers always start their own campaign as we begin to form our union. In the coming days expect a lot of attention from Paramed. They will send letters to our homes, they will blast our phones with messages, and they will have mandatory in-services to try and intimidate us by communicating lies about the union.

    Here is a list of answers to some of the questions you might have as management try to confuse us. READ MORE.


    "If you're working in home care, it's time to get out of it or change it!"

    Read new testimonials from home care workers and PSWs on how organizing has helped improve their jobs and what changes are needed to make home care better for workers and clients!

    "I've worked in union and non-union home care jobs, and I'm going union all the way!" - Lisa Bishop, Paramed home care worker for 5 years

    "The union is a good thing to have at your workplace. It provides you with reliability, stability and that voice you wouldn't have without a union." Marva, PSW at Belmont house for 10 years


    "If you're being pushed around, bring in the union!" - Home care worker