More PSWs join Local 175
Recently, 50 Personal Support Workers (PSWs) with the Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada became members of UFCW Local 175.
The 38 full-time and 12 part-time PSWs work in community health and supportive housing throughout Elgin County in Southwest Ontario.
The employees’ concerns included pension issues and job security. In addition, most of the Victorian Order of Nurses’ other employee classifications already belong to Unions. A number of the PSWs had previous experience working in a unionized environment as well, so they knew the benefits that belonging to a Union can bring. Other concerns included benefits, health and safety, and favouritism.
“It was a long journey and the workers faced many challenges. It was especially difficult to identify all of the employees since there is no centralized work location. But, our main supporters did a great job. They showed that with enough determination, change is possible,” said Local 175 Organizer Ricardo Bocanegra.
The PSWs join the many nurses, PSWs, and other health care providers of the Health, Office and Professional Employees (HOPE) sector at Local 175.