Workers rally community to stop service cuts at Belvedere Heights

    PARRY SOUND, ON, Jan. 31 /CNW Telbec/ - Workers at Belvedere Heights Home
for the Aged are sounding the alarm about pending service cuts that could
affect the standard of care at the facility that serves seniors and their
families in the Parry Sound district.
    Management has announced cuts effective April 1 in every department -
dietary, laundry, housekeeping, nursing and programs. Combined, the cuts mean
146.5 fewer hours of care every week. The cuts affect 110 full and part-time
workers who belong to CUPE 4824.
    "We will be distributing information to residents, their families and the
wider community and asking them to rally in support of a high standard of care
at Belvedere Heights," said CUPE National Representative John Cromwell. "We
understand that local municipalities have decreased the amount they contribute
to Belvedere Heights at the same time as the needs of residents, seniors who
have given so much to our communities, are becoming more complex."
    In their last contract negotiations, the workers agreed to a wage freeze
in exchange for a promise of no layoffs.
    "Surprise, surprise," Cromwell said. "That contract expires on March 31.
The cuts to hours take effect the next day."
    The union is asking community members to contact Belvedere Heights
management as well as their mayors and municipal councillors to tell them to
stop the cuts and maintain full service for Parry Sound district seniors.

For further information:

For further information: John Cromwell, CUPE National Representative,
(705) 722-7387; Pat Daley, CUPE Communications, (416) 616-6142

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