WINNIPEG A tentative agreement has been reached in collective bargaining between unionized workers and the owners of Central Park Lodges. According to Murray Craddock of CUPE, we have an agreement that the bargaining team feels is fair, but it really is up to the members to decide if this is good enough.
Central Park Lodges is a large company based in Toronto which owns personal care homes across Canada and the United States. The company owns the Valleyview Lodge (Brandon), Parkview Place and Heritage Lodge (Winnipeg) Personal Care Homes.
The employer was not always cooperative and they tended to delay negotiations. But we found that taking information to residents and their families was effective in opening up the negotiations, said Craddock. The members of the union mounted one-day information pickets at the three personal care homes last month.
The approximately 300 workers in three personal care homes will vote on Monday and Tuesday on the offer.
The facilities are at:
Heritage Lodge (Local 2421), 3555 Portage Avenue, Winnipeg
- Parkview Place (Local 2039), 440 Edmonton Street, Winnipeg
- Valleyview Lodge (Local 2136), 3015 Victoria Avenue, Brandon
The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canadas largest union representing more than a half-million women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE represents 24,000 members working in health care facilities, school divisions, municipal services, social services, childcare centres, public utilities, libraries and family emergency services.
For information, contact:
Murray Craddock, CUPE National Representative - Phone: 942-0343, ext. 209
Dennis Lewycky, CUPE Communications & Research Representative - Phone: 942-0343, ext. 207 / Cell.: (204) 223-6805