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BRANDONThe individual experiences of workers in long-term care nursing homes paint a frightening portrait of decreasing resident care levels and staff burnout across the province says a new report produced by members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees.

“Staff to resident ratios are out of line with realistic, human needs for both workers and residents,” said Lila Magee, chair of CUPEs Private Nursing Home Council. “This report is our call for action.”

The report, based on members experiences from CUPEs first long-term conference held mid-March, was sent on Tuesday to Manitobas Health Minister Dave Chomiak. Chomiak visited members at the conference and heard some of their stories first hand.

“Weve documented everything from staff shortages to the need for improved assessment levels for standards of care and the lack of training among fill-in staff from agencies,” said long-term care worker Marlene Tartsch. “Our report not only identifies shortcomings, we propose solutions including the call for a province-wide standard and training for Health Care Aides.”

Magee and Tartsch will make the CUPE members report public at a news conference scheduled for tomorrow, April 13th at Noon during the unions annual convention being held at the Keystone Centre in Brandon. CUPE represents members who work at 72 public and private nursing homes in the province.


News Conference release of “For the Love of it”, CUPEs long-term care report


12 Noon, tomorrow (Thursday, April 13)


Keystone Centre, (Viewing Lounge), #1 1175 18th Street, Brandon

CUPE is Canadas largest union representing 480,000 women and men. In Manitoba, CUPE has 23,000 members who work in health care, emergency services, education, municipalities, social services, libraries, and utilities.

For more information, please contact:

Lila Magee, Chair, Private Nursing Home Council (204) 725-2833

Marlene Tartsch, President, CUPE Local 1629 Cell: (204) 794-6817