Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario

May 08, 2009 13:00 ET

"Residents Deserve Better!" CUPE Workers Urge Liberal MPPs to Make Long-Term Care Better

Minimum care standards the key to better care

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 8, 2009) - Long-term care workers with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) targeted Liberal MPPs across Ontario today with information pickets outside constituency offices 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 in Peterborough. Rennick participated in info-pickets outside Jeff Leal's office in Peterborough and Rick Johnson's in Lindsay.

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 Rennick. "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 residents need is the accountability of a minimum standard of care of 3.5 hours per resident 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