Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

April 14, 2014 13:05 ET

Media Advisory: Cuts at Heartwood LTC concern residents - care staff to organize info picket Tuesday, April 15, 10:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 201 11th St. E., Cornwall

Call on MPP McDonell to act

CORNWALL, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - April 14, 2014) - Significant cuts to residents' care at the Heartwood LTC is "extremely worrisome," say residents and front line nursing and personal care staff. They will be coming together to picket on Tuesday, April 15, from 10:30 a.m. until approximately 2 p.m., at 201 11th Street E., Cornwall to raise awareness of the negative impact of recent nursing and staffing cuts on resident care levels.

There is widespread agreement among residents, nursing home operators and front line workers that care levels for residents must increase, says Brenda Archambault, CUPE 1496 President. "We are all advocating with the provincial government for more funding for resident care and staffing levels to increase.

"What is happening at the Heartwood LTC with these cuts is that residents will get less care. That's just not acceptable. Not to us, and certainly not to the family members who want the best care possible for their loved ones. We are optimistic that local MPP, Jim McDonell will find a way to deliver better funding to the Heartwood LTC so that these cuts to resident care levels will be rescinded and care levels will be enhanced, not cut."

For information about CUPE Ontario's Time to Care campaign for a legislated four hour minimum care standard for nursing home residents please go to the following link:

Contact Information

  • Brenda Archambault
    CUPE Local 1496

    Alison Parker
    CUPE National Representative