More PSWs join Local 175

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April 5, 2018

UFCW Locals 175 & 633 - Victorian Order of Nurses for Canada PSWs join the Union.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 at the Victorian Order of Nurses work in community health and supportive housing throughout Elgin County in Southwest Ontario.

Employee 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 as well.

“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. In the end, 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.

Congratulations to our newest Members and welcome to Your Union.

Find out why Union Membership is important for Health Care Workers.

Read about why health care providers at Bayfield Manor joined the Union in August. And, find out why retirement care staff at Country Estates voted Union Yes.

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