Employees at Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home rejected their employer’s final offer in a vote held on July 8, 2014, and will be holding information pickets outside their facility today in an effort to bring their employer back to the table with a fair offer.
“Anyone who has a loved one in a personal care home understands the value of the facility’s staff” states CUPE National Representative Laurissa Smerchanski-Sims, “unfortunately Tuxedo Villa doesn’t understand this value and refuses to offer fair or reasonable wages for employees”. Represented by CUPE Local 2180, employees at Tuxedo Villa Personal Care Home are health care aides, dietary aides, laundry and housekeeping aides, cooks, recreation workers, and custodial staff.
“Our members care very deeply for the residents at Tuxedo Villa” states Smerchanski-Sims, “but staff do not feel like they are receiving fair compensation for the work they do”. Meetings with a Conciliation Officer are scheduled for August 19th and 20th to attempt to reach a fair deal, but public support is very important to staff.
“We know that the public values the work of personal care home staff” says Smerchanski-Sims, “we are asking for the public’s support to help us achieve a fair deal for these workers”. Information pickets will take place outside Tuxedo Villa at 2060 Corydon Avenue today from 2:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Information pickets are also scheduled for August 13th and August 18th.
The Canadian Union of Public Employees represents approximately 25,000 public sector workers in the Province of Manitoba, in health care, education, crown corporations, airlines, social services and childcare, and municipalities.