- The Justice for PSWs strike and OPSWA “betrayal”
- OPSWA and its corporate friends
- Time to care? OPSWA’s inconsistency on LTC care standards
- OPSWA, self-regulation and the Ontario PC Party
- Does OPSWA really represent 49,000 members?
- OPSWA’s governance structure: A family affair?
- Blocked: OPSWA and its critics
- OPSWA’s social media misinformation
Introducing the investigation
The enormous loss of life in Canada’s nursing homes has exposed the need of great change in our healthcare system. At the centre of this crisis are the Personal Support Workers (PSW) who are the backbone of long-term care and home care, and are essential workers in our hospitals.
Underpaid and overworked when they can get the hours, PSWs in long-term care and home care have faced a chronic lack of PPE and safety protocols for infectious disease. PSWs have given their lives in this pandemic.
Who speaks for Personal Support Workers? Who fights for them and demands change?
In Ontario, where the long-term care crisis has cost us over 3,600 lives and pushed PSWs past the brink of exhaustion, the largest PSW organization is not a union, but the Ontario Personal Support Workers Association.
At this moment, in early March 2021, the OPSWA is lobbying Doug Ford’s Ontario PC government for authority to “self-regulate” PSWs. This is a long-cherished goal of OPSWA’s founder and president, Miranda Ferrier.
On January 22, Miranda Ferrier claimed on OPSWA’s private Facebook group that her organization was in “serious talks” with the government to be granted authority to regulate PSWs.
OPSWA, which claims to represent 49,000 members, appears to be a worker-friendly organization but its record over the past decade raises many questions.
Rankandfile.ca‘s Zaid Noorsumar and Alice Chen spent several months speaking with many people in the field, including former OPSWA insiders, former and current OPSWA members and veteran PSWs. Noorsumar and Chen examined its communications, governance structure, partnerships with healthcare companies, and its ties to the Progressive Conservatives.
Rankandfile.ca is proud to publish this investigation in the interests of advancing the cause of dignity and justice for all those working and being cared for in our healthcare system.