Join Elmwood Group Homes (EGH) Support Workers at an info-picket outside of Elmwood Residences Inc. at 2012 Arlington Ave on Friday, March 9 from 5:00-7:00pm. There will be a dance at Elmwood Residences that same night so it will be a great opportunity to chat with community members about the unfairness taking place at EGH! Signs and leaflets are provided, as well as hot chocolate! We hope to see you there, and spread the word!
What’s the issue?
Support Workers at EGH have not received a pay raise since 2013. That means Support Workers have experienced a wage cut due to the rising cost of living combined with the lack of a pay increase in four years.
The employer claims they have no extra money for wages. However, the employer has money to spend on Nurse Next Door (NND) to replace Support Workers temporarily. NND rates to the general public are about $30 to $35 dollars per hour – twice the rate Support Workers at EGH make!
Moreover, the employer has hired a high-priced lawyer.
Support Workers feel disrespected and undervalued by EGH. They know that the care they provide the residents improves their quality of life: they clean, cook, bathe, plan events, do snow removal and lawn care, administer medications, do wound care, maintain the group home, schedule medical appointments and transport residents on outings – they do it all!