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Toronto, Ont. – Personal Support Workers (PSWs), members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) 4308, at Toronto Homemaking Services, which provides homecare in Toronto, are fighting for a fair contract.  The majority of these workers are women and from racialized communities in Toronto. 

In support of their demands for a fair collective agreement, members, guest speakers and supporters  rallied in front of their employer’s offices May 14.

PSWs in homecare face a lack of guaranteed hours of work, little or no health care benefits and sick leave, and often do unpaid work to prop up the homecare system that is failing many of those most in need.
Currently, over 120 PSWs are looking to keep the gains that they have been able to make over the past 10 years and to make improvements – but THS is using bargaining to try and strip away the few rights and benefits these women have. 

The workers were joined at the rally by representatives from the Canadian Labour Congress, Toronto’s Freedom Singers performing group, and by Ferdi Gaite, President of the Philippines-based Federation of Public Unions.