TORONTO – Candace Rennick, Second Vice-President of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) – Ontario, has been appointed to join the stakeholder team that will implement the recommendations of Shirley Sharkey’s recent report on long-term care.
“CUPE will be pleased to ensure that everyone at this table hears labour’s perspective on each and every recommendation in Ms. Sharkey’s report,” Rennick says.
Rennick will join a small team of other stakeholders from the long-term care sector, including home operators, experts and others, to guide the implementation of Sharkey’s recommendations.
Rennick noted that CUPE’s campaign for minimum care standards, explicitly rejected by Ms. Sharkey, will continue.
“Having a voice on this committee is another opportunity for CUPE and for labour to demand that the McGuinty government implement a minimum care standard of 3.5 hours of hands-on care per resident per day,” Rennick says.
“We believe this minimum standard is necessary to improve the quality of life of long-term care patients,” Rennick says. “We’ll continue to press for this – at the table and in the streets.”
CUPE was selected as one of two labour seats on the implementation committee.
Candace Rennick, 2nd Vice-President, CUPE Ontario, 705-768-2288
David Robbins, CUPE Communications, 613-878-1431