PSWs have been asked to take a wage cut, and a reduction in benefits. Many PSWs have merely a gr. 12 education. Traditionally, employees are paid according to knowledge, skills, education and experience.
Salaries for PSWs range, depending upon their employers. Home care pays the worst, for-profits (Bayshore, retirement homes, etc.), transfer payment agencies; compared to public and non-profits and hospitals.
It’s difficult to determine an average salary for personal support workers in Ontario, who are unregulated and have about 500 hours of training. The Canadian Union of Public Employees estimated the average hourly wage of PSWs in Canada to be $12.71 in 2003. Personal Support Worker Canada estimates the average starting wage to be $14.53 and Internet company PayScale pegs it at $11.90 to $19.77.
However, the union said it has to fight the two-tier system that would see new workers start at $13.96 an hour and make $15.31 after five years. Stewart wants to know why St. Joseph’s Health System doesn’t cut CEO Kevin’s Smith’s nearly $725,000 annual salary plus $1,000 monthly car allowance.