Personal care home workers picketed outside a Tuxedo seniors home Wednesday afternoon to demand better wages.
A local union that represents about 185 workers said talks broke down with Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home on July 8.
The union’s national representative, Laurissa Smerchanski-Sims said staff don’t feel they’re being paid fairly.
“They go over and above. They come in early. They work late. They want to make sure the residents who live there are being served well,” said Smerchanski-Sims. “The major issue that they're facing right now, and why we're hosting these info pickets, is that the members are asking for fair and decent wages.”
The union represents health care aides, housekeepers, cooks and custodial staff who attend to more than 200 people in the care home.
The group wants a seven per cent wage increase over the next three years, while the personal care home is offering 4.5 per cent over the next three years.
Meetings with a conciliation officer are scheduled for Aug. 13 and Aug. 14 and Smerchanski-Sims said the union is not yet in a strike position.