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Lodge on 4th layoffs spark appeal to Ladysmith council to support seniors’ care: resolution going to council Monday night

News release
April 30, 2010

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Health care
workers and seniors’ advocates are asking Ladysmith Town Council to voice its
opposition to contracting out and the deterioration of seniors’ care in the Cowichan Valley.

A delegation
representing residents, family members and laid-off care staff at Lodge on 4th
will appear before council at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, May 3 in the Council Chambers
at Ladysmith City Hall (410 Esplanade).

More than
140 health care workers employed at Lodge on 4th – members of the
Hospital Employees’ Union – have received
lay-off notices despite presenting a proposal to the Lodge’s owner that is
cost-efficient, would maintain quality of care and support services for
residents, and would ensure continuity of care.

Workers
affected include licensed practical nurses, care aides, cooks and food services
workers, laundry workers, and activities, rehabilitation and clerical staff.

This
latest disruption in seniors’ care follows on the controversial closure of
Cowichan Lodge and the contracting out of more than 40 staff at Cerwydden Care
in Duncan – members of the B.C. Government and Service Employees’ Union.

Council will be
asked to pass a resolution recognizing the importance of ensuring quality
residential care, as well as the harmful impact contracting out has on
maintaining continuity of care for seniors.

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