Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 07, 2009 12:41 ET

CUPE-Media Advisory-Liberal MPPs Targeted for Better Long-Term Care: "Residents Deserve Better!"

CUPE takes demand for minimum care standards to constituency offices

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 7, 2009) - Front-line workers will hold information pickets outside Liberal MPP offices across Ontario tomorrow, Friday, May 8, to press for minimum care standards in long-term care.

Workers and other supporters of better long-term care will gather at the following MPP constituency offices:

Jim Bradley 2 - 2 Secord Drive, St. Catharines 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Kim Craitor 8-3930 Montrose Rd., Niagara Falls 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Sophia Aggelonitis 2 - 952 Concession St., Hamilton 11:00 to 12:15 PM
Laurel Broten 100-701 Evans Ave., Etobicoke 3:00 to 4:00 PM
David Caplan 2062 Sheppard Ave. East, Toronto 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Jeff Leal 236 King St., Peterborough 3:00 to 4:00 PM
Lou Rinaldi 201-1005 Elgin St. West, Cobourg 10:00 AM to 1 PM
Rick Johnson 14 Lindsay St. North, Lindsay 10:00 AM to 1 PM
Dalton McGuinty 1795 Kilborn Ave., Ottawa 10:00 to 11:00 AM
Jim Watson 201-2249 Carling Ave., Ottawa 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Madeleine Meilleur 237 Montreal Rd., Ottawa 2:00 to 3:00 PM
Jim Brownell 404 Montreal Rd., Cornwall 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Rick Bartolucci Starts at Farmers Market (corner of 1:00 to 2:00 PM
Elm and Minto Street) and ends at
302-93 Cedar St., Sudbury.
Monique Smith 165 Main St, North Bay 12:00 to 1:00 PM
Michael Gravelle 101-215 Van Norman St., Thunder Bay 12:00 to 1:00 PM

Seniors and other residents of long-term care facilities deserve enforceable minimum standards of care. CUPE and other front-line unions in long-term care have identified the need for, on average, 3.5 hours of care per resident, per day.

The government has promised minimum standards but its special committee on long-term care has now explicitly rejected them. As a result, CUPE and its partner front-line care unions have revived the campaign to establish enforceable minimum care standards.

Recent funding increases for long-term care have not actually translated into more care, especially in the for-profit sector. What long-term care patients need is the accountability of a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours per patient per day. CUPE workers - and several research studies - have identified 3.5 hours of care as adequate, necessary, and fair.

Contact Information

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