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Red Cross and SEIU agree on new contract for Ontario home care.

TORONTO -- Red Cross Community Health Services and the 2,500 home care workers in the Service Employees International Union Local 1 have a new contract.

The new contract includes new language on hours of work, travel time, weekend assignments, overtime and job scheduling, in addition to wage increases.

The contract includes Red Cross Community Health Services home care service workers in Windsor, Sarnia, Sault Ste. Marie, North Bay, Timmins, Peterborough, Cornwall and Burlington. SEIU Local 1 President Sharleen Stewart said: "The managed competition model in the home care industry has eroded the quality and continuity of care, since home care agency contracts are flipped every three to five years. Home care workers unlike other Ontario workers have no right to move with their jobs when one home care agency replaces another. There can be no quality of care or continuity of care until "the 'managed competition business model' and the profit home care agencies are removed from the delivery of health services."

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Title Annotation:HEALTH
Publication:Community Action
Geographic Code:1CANA
Date:Apr 18, 2005
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