Long term care rally!

Check out the CTV video of the October 29 rally against working short!

http://winnipeg.ctvnews.ca/video?clipId=1033499&binId=1.1164782&playlistPageNum=2

Congratulations to everyone who attended this great event!

Please read the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives report on “working short” in Manitoba. It affects us all! http://www.policyalternatives.ca/publications/commentary/work-life-care-we-all-deserve

Here is a picture of the Local 3729 meeting with the Minister of Health prior to the rally:

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NEW: Lions Housing Personal Care Home Employees Vote to Strike

Winnipeg – An overwhelming majority (85%) of employees at Lions Housing Personal Care Home voted in favour of a strike mandate for a second time in a vote conducted on Friday, October 18th.
“Long term care workers deserve fairness and respect” states Daniel Richards, Treasurer of CUPE Local 3729, “we are underpaid, overworked, short-staffed, and cannot provide the level and quality of care that we think Manitobans deserve”.

The strike vote comes after months of negotiations, meetings with a provincial conciliation officer on August 12th and 21st, and two days of information pickets in August. Additionally, a vote was conducted on October 3rd, with a majority of employees voting to strike. The employer requested an extension to the strike deadline and unfortunately could not return to the table with a fair offer.

“Our members care very deeply for the residents at Lions Housing Personal Care Home” states Paula Raposo, CUPE National Representative, “yet the employer and provincial funders do not seem to recognize that the people responsible for taking care of Manitoba seniors need to be compensated fairly for their work”.

Employees at Lions Housing Personal Care Home are approximately 9.5% below other similarly operated long-term care facilities.

In addition to fair wages, CUPE Local 3729 members are also joining the province-wide call against working “short-staffed” in Manitoba long-term care homes. Working short staffed occurs when there are not enough health care aides per shift to adequately care for all residents. This leads to employees struggling to fill the gap in the workload and can lead to stress, additional sick time and an unsafe work environment.

The strike date is set for October 28, 2013.

Urgent Update: Stike Temporarily Postponed

The CUPE Local 3729 strike scheduled to commence on October 10th at 7am has been temporarily postponed to facilitate last-minute negotiations with the employer.

This postponement is temporary, and the strike is now scheduled to resume one-week from the 10th, on October 17th, pending any further changes.

We will keep you informed on this website, and in the workplace.

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.

Lions Housing Personal Care Home Info Picket

Winnipeg – Health care aides at Lions Housing Personal Care Home will be holding an information picket on Thursday, August 8th 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 health care aides are expected to perform their duties on.

“Health care aides in long-term care facilities are underpaid, overworked, and often work short staffed” says Paula Raposo, CUPE Long-Term Care Coordinator, “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 Raposo, “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.”

Long-term care employees at CUPE Local 2719 (Maples Personal Care Home) held four days of information pickets in July, demanding that the issue of working short be addressed in their facility.

“Our members are taking action in order to provide the level and quality of care we all deserve” concludes Raposo.

The Canadian Union of Public Employees is Canada’s largest union and represents more than 25,000 workers in Manitoba.

What is “Working Short”?

CUPE Local 3729 is working hard to make sure our members receive the support they need to do their jobs.

Ensuring that there is enough staff at Lions means that our members can provide excellent care for residents, while at the same time ensuring that staff are not over-worked, stressed, or forced to take on more work than they can handle.

See the below handout for more information on Working Short.

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