They’re vital to the operation of the life-saving sites, but often have fewer protections and are paid less.
Peer harm-reduction workers with PHS Community Services have unionized after a long battle.
The certification vote was held in March, but challenges from PHS meant the ballots weren’t counted until now. They showed all 35 employees voted to join CUPE 1004, a union local that represents other PHS workers and some city employees.
Those issues were highlighted this summer when peer worker Thomus Donaghy was killed while on a break from his shift at the overdose prevention site at St. Paul’s Hospital, a site that was operated by RainCity Housing.
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