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Sault Ste. Marie, ON – Recent cuts to care hours for residents at several Sault Ste. Marie long-term care homes are part of a bigger crisis facing long-term care in Ontario, say front line staff holding a media conference Tuesday, September 16, 2014, 12:00 noon at the Delta Waterfront.

Candace Rennick, secretary-treasurer of the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) in Ontario and Unifor Local 1359 leaders, whose unions jointly represent over a 1,000 registered practical nurses (RPNs), personal support workers (PSWs), dietary and activation, laundry and housekeeping staff between them at the F.J. Davey Home and at Extendicare, Van Daele Manor and Mapleview, will update media on local issues affecting resident care levels and quality. They will also outline specific asks of the provincial government and of area MPP, David Orazietti.

Last spring CUPE joined with residents’ families to successfully restore some of the resident care hours cut at the F.J. Davey Home. This summer Unifor publicly raised the issue of staff layoffs at one home and the impact on resident care.

A poignant video (called “Time to Care”) featuring the daughter of a Long-Term Care (LTC) resident and heartfelt accounts from PSWs and RPNs about the challenges they face providing quality care to residents under crushing workloads and severe understaffing, will be screened for reporters during the media conference.

CUPE Ontario, Unifor and many community partners have consistently urged the province to mandate a daily care standard for residents of LTC homes. 

As part of its “Time to Care” campaign, CUPE Ontario is advocating for a legislated minimum daily four hour care standard.

For more information about CUPE Ontario’s “Time to Care” campaign, please go to: www.cupe.on.ca/timetocare.

For more information please contact:
Stella Yeadon, CUPE Communications, 416-559-9300