This morning we officially launched our “Pay Fair Chartwell” campaign to uncover realities of the working conditions at Chartwell Retirement Homes.
Health care locals across the province organized actions this morning in Chartwell Retirement Home communities to inform residents, families and community members about the shamefully low wages being paid by Chartwell Retirement Homes in seven locations across the province.
Chartwell Retirement Homes pay many of their staff minimum wage. In fact, most of their employees do not receive a living wage. To make matters worse, Chartwell has proposed all minimum wage employees have their wages frozen until 2020. These workers provide care and compassion to residents, work that is so important that the Ontario Labour Relations Board has consistently denied them the right to strike, putting them under the same legislation as other essential service providers, such as hospital workers.
Meanwhile the Chair of the Chartwell Board, former Premier Mike Harris earns $237,000.00 annually – for a part-time job. This is unfair and insulting to Chartwell workers and residents who trust them to deliver the best care.
The Pay Fair Chartwell campaign also features billboard advertisements in all Chartwell Retirement Home communities, a petition calling on Chartwell CEO Brent Binions and Chair of the Board Mike Harris to pay workers a decent, living wage and the “Ask Hilda” video series, providing the union its own take on Chartwell’s “Ask Edna” videos.
Please take two minutes and sign the petition and demand our members be paid a fair wage. Together, we can show Chartwell management that Unifor members are united, and that poverty wages are unacceptable.
Chartwell Retirement can afford to pay fair. These caregivers need your support.
Thank you in advance for your efforts!
Ontario Regional Director