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SYDNEY, NS – The union representing about 160 staff at Braemore Home in Sydney is welcoming the findings of a review conducted for the provincial government.

CUPE National Representative Kathy MacLeod says, “First of all, I would like to commend our members for insisting this review take place following the incident last fall.  It confirms many of the things our members have been saying for several years about the operation of Braemore Home.

We now see the door opening to long overdue changes at this facility. We also look forward to being part of the change and ensuring that frontline staff become an integral part of that change,” says MacLeod.
CUPE National Representative John Evans, meanwhile, says, “We are encouraged to see that the Department of Community Services (DCS) is being urged to become more involved in decision making.  We look forward to seeing more accountability both from DCS and from senior management at the facility,” says Evans.

CUPE is also pleased that the outdated governance model for Braemore has been replaced, citing ineffective governance practices at the Board level.

The union says it is looking forward to working with the interim Board of Directors and the District Health Authority in ushering in a new era at Braemore Home.

Local 3513 represents 130 Residential Rehab Workers and Environmental Services staff at the facility.  Local 1478 represents 30 Licensed Practical Nurses.  

For more information:

Kathy MacLeod   
CUPE National Representative
(902) 539-4933

John Evans 
CUPE National Representative
(902) 539-4933

Danny Cavanagh
CUPE NS President
(902) 957-0822

John McCracken
Atl. Communications Representative
(902) 455-4180