Nursing Home Layoffs – Let’s Support CUPE

August 16, 2016

Dear friends and New Democrats,

In the past two years, the McNeil Liberal government has cut $6.7 million from long term care. With citizens across the province facing long waits for residential care and nursing home beds, the NDP finds this unacceptable–and we have been vocal about it.

This week, we learned that long-term care workers in Port Hawkesbury are being laid off as a result of these cuts. CUPE will be holding several pickets across the province tomorrow to raise awareness about the cuts and their impact. (See details below.)

Come show your solidarity for CUPE members, and join New Democrats in demanding something better for Nova Scotia.

In solidarity,

Mike Poworoznyk
Provincial Secretary, NSNDP

from CUPE:

Faced with layoffs, nursing home workers to hold information pickets across Nova Scotia

CUPE members and supporters will hold information pickets this week to raise awareness about the impact of budget cuts to nursing homes and the quality of care for residents across the province.

The info pickets will be held Wednesday, August 17, from 10:30 – 11:30 a.m. and again at 3 – 4:30 p.m. in front of MLA’s offices at the following locations:

Bras d’Or
15 Alder Point Road

Glace Bay
Peoples Mall, 219 Commercial Street

1894 Barrington Street

Richmond Industrial Mall

New Waterford
3365 Plummer Avenue

Port Hawkesbury
323 Reeves Street

Workers received notice of layoffs, or reduced hours of work, last week at the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home. The layoffs are the result of $6.7 million in budget cuts to long-term care announced by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
More staffing reductions are anticipated at other nursing homes in Nova Scotia. CUPE long-term care workers across the province will continue to campaign to stop the cuts.

CUPE members, and anyone with a loved one residing in a nursing home, are also encouraged to contact their MLA and ask them to oppose these cuts to long-term care.