Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

October 15, 2010 15:02 ET

CUPE 1339 Media Advisory: Eastholme Long-Term Care Workers to Rally for More Hours of Care

POWASSAN, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Oct. 15, 2010) - Long-term care workers at Eastholme Home for the Aged in Powassan, Ontario, will hold an information picket and rally on Monday, October 18th, at 3:00 pm, to highlight morale problems and the need for more hours of care at the home, since workers have been without a contract since 2008. Arbitration talks are not scheduled until April, 2011.

"CUPE has long been campaigning for 3.5 hours of care per day, per resident, as a minimum standard of care," said CUPE Local 1339 president Amanda Farrow, representing 100 workers at the home. "While Eastholme is not quite there yet, the staff work hard to provide quality care, and increasing capacity to 3.5 hours per resident would reduce wait times for bathing, health and personal care, and allow more interactions with residents – it's a question of quality of life."

Who? Long-term care workers and supporters
  CUPE 1339 President Amanda Farrow
  CUPE National Executive Board Member Henri Giroux (also a municipal candidate in Powassan)
   
What? Information picket and rally outside Eastholme Home for the Aged highlighting the need for more hours of care per resident
   
When? Monday, October 18, 3:00 pm
   
Where? Eastholme Home for the Aged
  62 Big Bend Avenue, Powassan, Ontario

Contact Information

  • CUPE 1339 President
    Amanda Farrow
    705-495-9039
    or
    CUPE National Representative
    Fran Ludwick
    705-474-9765
    or
    CUPE Communications
    Robert Lamoureux
    416-292-3999