Join the 7:01
Create a level
playing field for long-term care workers
-- Sept 2020
At 7pm every evening, Canadians
stepped up and widely cheered our front line workers. Thousands of British
Columbians were on their porches, balconies and on their streets applauding
these heroes. Throughout this pandemic, these essential workers have taken care
of our communities through their courageous efforts and selfless determination.
We thanked them at 7pm, now
it’s our turn to step up the support and help essential workers achieve what
they truly deserve.
In a recent report sponsored by
Community Savings Credit Union, more than 8 out of 10 British
Columbians* view long-term care workers and
hospital house-keeping and cleaning staff as critical, alongside
doctors and nurses. Unfortunately, not all long-term care staff
are paid fairly for the vital services they provide. BC has a two-tier pay system
where many of the private sector health care support workers are undervalued
Right now, many workers in long-term
care and assisted living earn less than the provincial standard,
and have fewer benefits. Wage rates have been temporarily levelled up as
part of the Provincial Health Officer’s directive to limit care home workers to
a single site. Our report finds that 88 percent of British Columbians
overwhelmingly support making ‘leveled-up’ pay for long-term care workers
permanent after the pandemic.
Mike Schilling, President and CEO of Community Savings Credit Union, explains: “The vast majority of British
Columbians recognize – and support – levelled-up pay in health care, not just
during COVID-19. It would be wrong to cut salaries for these valued health care
workers to pre-COVID levels. Our message should be that these workers are
valued -- and not just during times of crisis.”
The 7:01 Movement was launched to
build off the public’s show of support for its healthcare workers during the
7pm applause. This petition is about health care workers permanently
maintaining the fair wages they have rightfully earned during this crisis. Fair
wages, which they truly deserve.
Cheer for these workers at 7pm and
then join the 7:01 Movement in supporting health care workers in
their fight for fair wages.
*These are the findings of a
study/survey conducted by Community Savings Credit Union from June 17 to June
19, 2020 with a provincially representative sample of 1,005 British Columbians
who are members of the Angus Reid Forum. The survey was conducted in English.