Who: Gordon Black, Coordinator, New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions (representing more than 2,500 CUPE members across the province)
What: Availability for comment
Where: The New Brunswick Legislature, Fredericton
When: Tuesday, March 26th at 3:00 p.m., or immediately following the release of the provincial budget
Why: The budget is expected to make specific reference to staffing levels at the province’s nursing homes. Following the province-wide strike of nursing home workers last summer, the provincial government struck a Workload Committee, to look into staffing shortages and workload concerns expressed by the union. The Committee, comprised of representatives from the union, nursing home administrators and the government, made several recommendations that would help ease the workload crisis in the province’s nursing homes.
Mr. Black will address the budget, specifically the effect any increase in funding will have on nursing home workers and the quality of care they are able to provide.
For more information:
Gordon Black, 506-461-4829 (cell)
Laurie Kingston, CUPE Communications, 613-266-1415 (cell)