Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE)

May 08, 2009 15:00 ET

"Residents Deserve Better!"

MPP Jeff Leal urged by CUPE workers to make long-term care better Minimum care standards the key to better care

PETERBOROUGH, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - Long-term care workers with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) targeted Liberal MPP Jeff Leal today with information pickets outside his office pressing for minimum care standards in long-term care.

"Seniors and other residents of long-term care facilities deserve better. They deserve enforceable minimum standards of care," said Candace Rennick, CUPE-Ontario Second Vice-President and President of CUPE 2280 at St. Joseph's at Fleming.

After years of promising minimum care standards, the McGuinty government's special committee on long-term care has now explicitly rejected them, calling instead for ineffective mechanisms like surveys to gauge resident satisfaction. As a result, CUPE and its partner unions have revived the campaign to establish enforceable minimum care standards.

"We don't need "customer satisfaction surveys" to know that long-term care facilities are under-resourced and under-staffed," said Andrea Legault, President of CUPE 131 at Fairhaven Home for the Aged. "The McGuinty government must stop passing the buck to committees that aren't looking at the right tools. It must step up with minimum standards as promised."

"Hundreds of millions of dollars are being transferred into the long-term care system and this funding has not translated into bedside care or an enhanced quality of life for many seniors," said Rennick. "What long-term care patients need is the accountability of a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours per patient per day and the funding commitment to back it up."

CUPE workers - and several research studies - have identified 3.5 hours of care as adequate to improve the quality of life for individuals who rely on this care.

Contact Information

  • CUPE 2280
    Candace Rennick
    Cell: (705) 768-2288
    CUPE Communications
    David Robbins
    Cell: (613) 878-1431