CUPE to join long-term care stakeholder team



    TORONTO, July 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Candace Rennick, Second Vice-President of
the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) - Ontario, has been appointed to
join the stakeholder team that will implement the recommendations of Shirley
Sharkey's recent report on long-term care.
    "CUPE will be pleased to ensure that everyone at this table hears
labour's perspective on each and every recommendation in Ms. Sharkey's
report," Rennick says.
    Rennick will join a small team of other stakeholders from the long-term
care sector, including home operators, experts and others, to guide the
implementation of Sharkey's recommendations.
    Rennick noted that CUPE's campaign for minimum care standards, explicitly
rejected by Ms. Sharkey, will continue.
    "Having a voice on this committee is another opportunity for CUPE and for
labour to demand that the McGuinty government implement a minimum care
standard of 3.5 hours of hands-on care per resident per day," Rennick says.
    "We believe this minimum standard is necessary to improve the quality of
life of long-term care patients," Rennick says. "We'll continue to press for
this - at the table and in the streets."
    CUPE was selected as one of two labour seats on the implementation
committee.




For further information:

For further information: Candace Rennick, 2nd Vice-President, CUPE
Ontario, (705) 768-2288; David Robbins, CUPE Communications, (613) 878-1431

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