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Using a homemade tree decorated with hundreds of Christmas cards signed by Manitobans, CUPE members delivered a clear message to Health Minister David Chomiak at the Legislature in Winnipeg December 13: Fix long-term care.

Marlene Tartsch and Lila Magee, co-spokespersons for the long-term care workers campaign, told the minister and gathered media that Manitobans support CUPEs solutions to the problems in the provinces long-term care sector.

“This is Manitobans Christmas wish list for long-term care,” Tartsch told the minister. “We want you to see the growing community support for CUPEs reform proposals.”

“People across the province have signed these cards asking you to give our seniors in long-term care a real Christmas present and to act now on our call for positive changes,” said Magee.

Last April in Brandon, long-term care members released “For the Love of it” which documents members experiences in nursing homes and long-term care facilities throughout the province.

The report, which was presented to the Minister in June, paints a frightening portrait of decreasing resident care levels and staff burnout. It also proposes a number of solutions in a 9-point plan for action. Copies are available on CUPE Manitobas web site: cupe.mb.ca.