Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

November 16, 2016 09:00 ET

Media Advisory: Tell Stephen McNeil our seniors deserve better - Rally November 18 in Middleton

Our seniors deserve better!

HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Nov. 16, 2016) - On Friday November 18, long-term care workers and members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will be joined by friends and family to protest the McNeil government's budget cuts to long-term care across Nova Scotia.

WHEN: Friday, November 18 at 12 p.m.

WHERE: Starting at 170 Commercial Street in Middleton, protestors will march to the Premier's constituency office at 142 Commercial Street.

WHO: Speakers will include Nan McFadgen, CUPE Nova Scotia president; Danny Cavanagh, Nova Scotia Federation of Labour president; Louise Riley, CUPE Long-term Care Committee chairperson; Angela Delong, CUPE 3410 president; and long-term care workers affected by the budget cuts.

Staff layoffs are the result of $8.2 million in budget cuts to long-term care, which is a much higher amount than originally announced by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness. More budget cuts are expected in nursing homes across the province.

Workers have already received layoff notices, or reduced hours of work, at several facilities including nursing homes in Middleton, Port Hawkesbury, Halifax, Dartmouth and Amherst. The layoffs are affecting the quality of care residents receive in nursing homes.

CUPE long-term care workers are speaking up to defend quality of care and to demand that the McNeil government reverse the cuts.

Contact Information

  • Louise Riley
    CUPE NS Long-Term Care Committee Chair
    (902) 403-9004 (cell)

    Angela DeLong
    CUPE 3410 President
    (902) 532-1544 (cell)

    Kathy Macleod
    CUPE Long-Term Care Coordinator
    (902) 578-3304 (cell)

    Nan McFadgen
    CUPE NS President
    (902) 759-3231 (cell)