Ontario Online Day of Action to fix long-term care gets huge support


Unifor teamed up with the Ontario Health Coalition and many other unions and advocacy groups to send a loud message to Doug Ford: the time to fix long-term care is now!

“Hundreds of Unifor members, locals and leaders participated in the Day of Action, showing just how committed this union is to fixing long-term care,” said Jerry Dias, National President. “It took a pandemic for government to see the enormous flaws in the current system our union has been fighting to fix for many years, including low pay leading to chronic under-staffing, and a lack of minimum standard hours for resident care which, if implemented, would lead to a manageable patient to staff ratio.”

The online action had individuals contribute selfies while holding a poster of demands to Premier Ford. More than a thousand submissions were made on Facebook and Twitter under the hashtag #FixLTCFord.

“It’s encouraging to see the support from across Ontario for better working conditions and better care standards for seniors and residents,” said Katha Fortier, Assistant to the National President. “Premier Ford has publicly committed to fix long-term care and we intend to hold him to that promise.”

Submissions from supporters can be seen on the Ontario Health Coalition Facebook page.

Will you support better care, safer work and fair pay in long-term care? Sign the Unifor petition here to demand change: unifor.org/fairpay.