A UFCW 1518 & BCGEU Campaign

Home care & social services workers deserve recognition

Community Health home support workers are currently providing front line care across the province. Our members take pride in their work, and the quality of care they are able to provide to their clients

Despite their brave efforts, they are not receiving fair remuneration or adequate protections to maintain their safety.

The Health Employers Association of BC (HEABC) decided to extend premium pay to nurses during COVID-19. This substantial pay benefit was offered to nurses but not to other health care professionals. As these members work side by side with our members, and are already paid substantially more, this has led to low morale. It has also sent a message that the work being undertaken by community health workers is less valuable.

Together, UFCW 1518 and the BC Government and Service Employees Union are asking that all home support workers be provided with equal pay to the prevailing rates in HEABC-run care facilities.

Community Health home support workers have also been receiving mixed messages about common safety standards, including the use of personal protection equipment (PPE). This equipment is critical to preserving the health of these workers and their clients. Given the uncertainty, UFCW 1518 and the BC GEU are also asking that clear safety guidelines and standards for the use of PPE by all home support workers be published, distributed and enforced uniformly across the province.

UFCW 1518 and the BC GEU issued a joint request to Minister of Health Adrian Dix to remedy these issues. You can read the letter here.

Show your support for pay fairness for Community Health home support workers by signing the petition and sharing widely!