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Yarrow Lodge caregivers claimed victory Friday, after receiving $19,000 in back wages owed to them by the for-profit operator of the closed mental health residence. Staff occupied the Lodge for a week to press their case for a fair settlement.

“We have no doubt that our occupation was necessary in order to receive our back wages,” said Wendy Taylor, spokesperson for the HEU members at the facility.

HEU is still working to recover about $10,000 in unpaid benefits owed to the workers and continues to take on the larger questions.

The BC health care division has expressed concern that the Fraser Valley has lost a critically important mental health resource. And it continues to press the province to end private sector involvement in the care of the most vulnerable in the community.