Media advisory - CUPE Ontario health care workers to reveal study highlight on staffing in long-term care homes



    WINDSOR, On, Sept. 24 /CNW Telbec/ - CUPE Ontario and its workers in
long-term care facilities will hold a media conference in Windsor on Tuesday
to reveal new information on inadequate levels of staffing in nursing homes
serving Ontario's elderly and frail seniors.
    The media conference is being held as over 250 health care workers meet
in Windsor at the annual conference of CUPE Ontario's Health Care Workers
Coordinating Committee (HCWCC).
    "CUPE Ontario and its members ran a province-wide campaign earlier this
year with partners including family organizations and the Ontario Health
Coalition pressing the McGuinty government for minimum standards of staffing
and care in long-term care facilities," says Fred Hahn, Secretary-Treasurer of
CUPE Ontario. "We thought we had won the battle only to see the government
renege on its consultation and review of the issue which was promised for last
April. Now, in the middle of an election, the Liberals are again making a
promise to review what they promised to review seven months ago."
    At this media conference:

    
          Date:     Tuesday September 25, 2007
          Time      12:15 p.m.
          Location: Dieppe Park on Riverview
                    (across from Hilton Hotel)
    

    CUPE Ontario will reveal information from a survey that it has conducted
among 1,027 workers in long-term care facilities. Speakers will include Fred
Hahn and Sue Schmidt, Chair of CUPE Ontario's Health Care Workers Coordinating
Committee.
    CUPE Ontario's election campaign bus will also make an appearance at the
media conference.




For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Fred Hahn, CUPE Ontario Secretary-Treasurer, (416) 540-3979

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