Service Employees International Union West


Let’s Turn Fiction Into Fact – By Standing With Elmwood Group Home Support Workers!

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The employer at Elmwood Group Homes (EGH) in Saskatoon, is offering a fictional wage increase that would only be received if our provincial government increases funding to EGH to cover the offer.  

Here are the Facts: 

Support Workers at EGH have not received a pay raise since 2013. That means Support Workers have experienced a wage cut due to the rising cost of living combined with the lack of a pay increase in four years.

The employer claims they have no extra money for wages. However, the employer has money to spend on Nurse Next Door (NND) to replace Support Workers temporarily. NND rates to the general public are about $30 to $35 dollars per hour – twice the rate Support Workers at EGH make! 

Moreover, the employer has hired a high-priced lawyer.

Support Workers feel disrespected and undervalued by EGH.  They know that the care they provide the residents improves their quality of life: they clean, cook, bathe, plan events, do snow removal and lawn care, administer medications, do wound care, maintain the group home, schedule medical appointments and transport residents on outings – they do it all!

Facts are facts.
It’s hard to provide a better quality care environment with consistent staffing when employees go for four years with no pay raise.  Four years is too long!
Our members are taking a stand for their residents, themselves, and for their families.
We hope that you will support them in their struggle for fairness.
Click 'Participate' to send your letter of support today!
By clicking 'participate', we'll send a letter to: 
Chair of the Elmwood Residences Inc., Board, Gary Emde
Minister of Social Services, Honourable Paul Merriman
Executive Director of Elmwood Residences Inc., Colleen Stenhouse
Manager of Human Resources, Holly Michalyuk