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(Corner Brook) – The Canadian Union of Public Employees has reached an agreement with the Western Health Board Authority regarding the use of Safety Monitors at Western Memorial Hospital in Corner Brook.

CUPE NL President Wayne Lucas says, “We’re very pleased and relieved with the decision of that Board to meet with union officials and develop a proper understanding before working out parameters for the new classification.

Our main concern from the outset,” says Lucas, “lay with the level of care and expertise being offered to the patients at that facility. The decision to restrict the number of Monitors and the tasks which they will be performing is a reasonable resolution to the dispute, at least in the short term.”

Says Lucas, “We still have concerns about introducing this classification of employee, but we are pleased that both parties avoided conflict through dialogue and being respectful of each other’s positions. We will be keeping a close eye on this classification once they are in place. We will in no way want to jeopardize the level of care that is currently being provided.”

For more information, please contact:

Wayne Lucas
President, CUPE NL
(709) 727-2509 (Cell)

John McCracken
CUPE Communications Rep.
(902) 455-4180 (0)