Letter from President Joan Jessome to NSGEU Home Support Workers
As home support workers, you perform a very valuable public service everyday and allow people to stay in their own homes. Your skills and dedication are the heart of home care.
On November 20, 2013, the Minister of Health, Leo Glavine, was quoted in the Herald saying, “We, as the Department of Health and government, have to say the home will be the primary focus,” and “it’s going to take, actually, pressure off of our nursing homes. … We are running out of money for bricks and mortar.”
It is clear from this statement that the government recognizes the important future home support will play in the delivery of health care in the province. I am writing to you to let you know that now is the time to send a strong message to your employers and to the government.
It is time home support workers were treated with respect and fairness. You should be paid the same amount for doing the same job as those working in long-term care and acute care facilities. There has never been a better time to stand up for parity.
This is why we have held information sessions and strike votes at all of our NSGEU home support locals. If we stand up with strong strike votes and support our bargaining committees, we have a good chance of success.
Please make every effort to attend the information/strike vote session nearest you!
Only by standing strong together, can we be successful.
I look forward to seeing you there, and I will be available to answer any questions or concerns you may have.
President, Nova Scotia Government & General Employees Union (NSGEU)