Lions Housing Personal Care Home Employees to Hold Information Pickets

Health care aides at Lions Housing Personal Care Home will be holding a second information picket on Monday, August 19th from 2:30 – 4:30 pm.

CUPE Local 3729 is organizing the information picket to raise public awareness towards the ongoing issue of working short staffed in the personal care home, as well as to the low wages these health care aides are paid. The Local represents 80 health care aides ai the facility.
“Health care aides in long-term care facilities are underpaid, understaffed and overworked”
says Matt McLean, CUPE National Representative, “these employees provide valuable care for residents, and deserve respect from the employer in return.”

The collective agreement between CUPE Local 3729 and the employer expired in
September 2012.
“Addressing the issue of working short staffed is a priority for our members” says McLean,
“providing quality care to Manitoba’s seniors is what our members pride themselves on, and we ask that the employer take action to ensure adequate staffing.”

On Thursday, August 8th, CUPE Local 3729 held a strike vote where the members
unanimously voted for a strike mandate. The Local and the Employer met with a Conclliation Officer on August 12th and are scheduled to meet again with the Conciliation Officer on August 21.
“Our members are taking action in order to provide the level and quality of care we all
deserve” concludes McLean.

Lions Housing Personal Care Home is located at 320 Sherbrook Street, Winnipeg.