Media advisory - North Bay caregivers hold 12-hour Rock-a-thon for standard of care in nursing homes

    NORTH BAY, ON, June 25 /CNW Telbec/ - Front line workers in North Bay
will hold a 12-hour "Rock-a-thon" this Thursday, June 26 to press the
provincial government to bring in a regulated minimum standard of hands-on
care for residents in long-term care homes. Sid Ryan, Ontario President of the
Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will join the rockers for a media
conference at 12:30 p.m.
    Workers, families of nursing home residents and community allies will
gather at the corner of Olive and Cassells Streets with rocking chairs for the
rocking marathon, which will run from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. The event is
being sponsored by CUPE 146 and the CUPE District Council.
    Last week, the Ontario Minister of Health broke another promise by not
introducing a standard of care with the release of yet another report on
conditions and care levels in long-term care facilities.
    "Seniors in homes whose average age is 82 don't have time to wait for the
minister to make the right decision," says Ryan. CUPE Ontario and its locals
like CUPE 146 are continuing to press David Caplan, the new health minister,
for a regulated standard of care and staffing standards.

           Date:                Thursday, June 26, 2008
           Media Conference:    12:30 p.m.
           Location:            400 Olive Street
                                (corner of Olive and Cassells)
                                North Bay

For further information:

For further information: Valerie Dugale, CUPE Communications, (647)
225-3685; Henri Giroux, President, CUPE 146, (705) 494-9302

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