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Donald Leblanc, President, CUPE 2079, representing staff at the Villa du Repos in Moncton
Ovila Melanson, President, CUPE 1303, representing staff at the Villa Providence in Shediac
Michel Boudreau, President, N.B. Council of Nursing Home Unions
Daniel Bernatchez, CUPE Representative

News Conference

Moncton Union Center, 96 Norwood Ave., Suite 226, Moncton, NB

10:00 am, Wednesday, August 28, 2002

Despite an ongoing workload crisis in New Brunswick’s Nursing Homes, the Administration of both nursing homes has decided to lay off all security guards (workers who have saved many lives), as well as housekeeper at Villa du Repos. In addition, a worker who has been both a seamstress and worked in the laundry, has had her hours cut back – this means she will only do laundry and that families of residents will have to take care of all repairs.

The layoffs at Villa Providence will take place on September 1st, and at Villa du Repos on September 2nd. The CUPE Locals at both homes have asked that the Administrators of their non-profit homes make their financial records public and explain why they find themselves in a financial crisis.


For more information:
Donald Leblanc - (506) 758-9042 (h)
Ovila Melanson - (506) 532-3029 (h)
Michel Boudreau - (506) 381-7490 (cell.)