KITCHENER, ON, April 8 /CNW/ - Workers at the Salvation Army A.R Goudie
Eventide long-term care home in Kitchener, Ontario are reeling after
management announced yesterday it would be closing the facility.
No date for the closure was given, but the home has already notified the
Local Integrated Health Network and is in the process of contacting the
The workers are represented by CAW Local 1106, which was in the middle
of contract negotiations with the Salvation Army when the announcement
"It is extremely frustrating that this "socially conscious" employer
chose to remain silent at the bargaining table about their viability,"
said Bill Gibson, CAW Kitchener Area Director.
Gibson said the union will be meeting with the employer to push it to
keep the facility open, failing that the facility must be sold to a new
owner keeping the home open. Many of the workers are women with up to
25 years seniority.
"The potential job loss for our members is devastating however the
uprooting of residents during the most fragile period in their lives is
saddening," said Gibson.
SOURCE Canadian Auto Workers
For further information:
please contact Bill Gibson, CAW Kitchener Area Director at: (519) 589-6390.