'This is just one of the ways we are showing them our appreciation'
Thousands of frontline healthcare workers are guaranteed to have turkey on their table over the holiday season.
Over the weekend, workers union SEIU (Service Employees International Union) Healthcare gave out more than 10,000 turkeys to frontline healthcare workers in Ontario, delivered through 30 locations.
"This will be a different type of holiday season for everyone, but especially for our frontline healthcare workers who have gone through so much in 2020," says Sharleen Stewart, SEIU Healthcare president. "We know that many healthcare workers have been forced off work due to COVID-19 or had their hours reduced due to only being allowed to work one job. For those workers, this may be the only way they're able to put a turkey on their table this holiday. We are so appreciative of the work our healthcare heroes have done this year, and this is just one of the ways we are showing them our appreciation."
Many employers are hoping to give employees a positive end to the year, with 48 per cent planning to award year-end bonuses, according to a survey by Robert Half.
The union asked its members to pre-register for their turkey in early December and sent exclusive pickup locations to members last week. SEIU Healthcare represents more than 60,000 healthcare and community service workers in hospitals, homecare, nursing and retirement homes, and community services throughout the province
Earlier this month, Walmart Canada announced all 85,000 of its employees would be receiving another round of bonuses.
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