Does ServiceNet care for workers?

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

ServiceNet cares. That’s its motto. And I’m sure that they DO care.  I’m just not sure who it is that they care ABOUT. It’s certainly not their direct care staff.

The union that I belong to (UAW) has been “bargaining” with them for SEVEN months now. To date they’ve raised their offer of a starting rate from $12 an hour to $12.50 an hour. They only agreed to raise their starting rate to $12.50 ($1 under commonly accepted living wage) when they also DROPPED their offer of a yearly raise from 30 cents (ALMOST cost of living) to 25 cents. (well below cost of living –  so in reality their “raise” is a pay cut).

The union on the other hand has lowered its proposal from $15 an hour with 50-cent yearly raises to $13 an hour with 30-cent yearly raises. I suppose I should be grateful though. I’ve only been with ServiceNet for 10 to 11 years, and I’ll finally break $15 an hour. We dispense medication. We provide transportation to outings and medical appointments. We de-escalate violent situations – and when we can’t de-escalate, we become the targets for the violence. Etc. All for less than a living wage. These are YOUR taxes folks. (Well, mine too, but that’s beside the point).

What’s very much the point is that your taxes paid for the CEO and vice presidents of ServiceNet. And their wages have just gone up since then. But they claim it would be “fiscally irresponsible” to pay the people who do the actual work a living wage. This is how YOUR money is being spent. Because ServiceNet cares. 

Steve Wilson


PO Box 401