Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

July 22, 2009 12:47 ET

CUPE Rally for Better Long-Term Care This Friday

New data reveals more money is going into system but care levels not rising

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2009) - Stopping the cuts at Villa Colombo long-term care home is the goal of a rally on Friday, July 24, to be attended by workers, supporters and family members of residents in the home.

The rally, organized by the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) local 2553 and CUPE Ontario, will link cutbacks and deteriorating working conditions with insufficient care levels in the long-term care sector.

Recent data obtained by CUPE through a Freedom of Information request has revealed that more money going into the system is not translating into more care.

WHAT: Rally against cuts will call for long-term care minimum

WHO: Speakers include:
Angela Cutulle, CUPE 2553
Michael Hurley, President, Ontario Council of Hospital Unions
Candace Rennick, 2nd Vice-President, CUPE Ontario
Irene Harris, Secretary-Treasurer, Ontario Federation of Labour

WHEN: Friday, July 24, 12:30 PM

WHERE: On the sidewalk outside Villa Colombo
40 Playfair Ave. (1 block south of Lawrence, just west of

Long-term care patients need is the accountability of a minimum care standard of an average of 3.5 hours per patient per day. CUPE workers - and several research studies - have identified 3.5 hours of care as a necessary first step towards better care.

Contact Information

  • CUPE
    David Robbins
    CUPE Communications
    Cell: 613-878-1431