CUPE Local 7797 and The Neighborhood Group are working together to advocate for equality care and fairness for personal support workers. We encourage all PSW employers and union locals to participate in this campaign.
During the pandemic, the Ford government acknowledged how vital personal support workers (PSWs) are to our economic and social recovery, and in particular their vital role in keeping our loved ones safe and well year-round. PSWs in home and community care do important care work yet, they are often forgotten.
PSWs deserve more than our thanks—they deserve fair, living wages, good jobs, and access to benefits and paid sick leave. For far too long, the work of PSWs has been undervalued, leading to extreme precarity in work and high employee turnover. Many PSWs are forced to work multiple jobs just to get by.
The Ford government’s temporary wage enhancements for PSWs only begins to address what’s needed to ensure fair treatment for these loyal, dedicated workers and in turn, what’s needed to ensure quality care for those who need it most.
As personal support workers, employers in the sector, and community members, we call on the provincial government to provide PSWs with a permanent wage increase and good jobs.
Please add your name to our letter to Premier Doug Ford: