HEU secures compensation for members impacted by private contractor’s bankruptcy

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More than 300 HEU members working at Dufferin Care Centre,Nanaimo Seniors Village and Beacon Hill Villa are finally receivingcompensation toward monies owed them when their private employer filed forbankruptcy almost a year ago.

At the time of Abbey Therapeutic Services’ abrupt financialcollapse – November 19, 2009 – HEU was able to successfully negotiate fullre-employment and new collective agreements with Well-Being Seniors ServicesLtd. for the care aides, activity aides, LPNs and RNs employed at the threesites.

Abbey Therapeutics had been sub-contracted by Well-Being (acompany owned by Retirement Concepts) to provide care services at the facilities.

The new agreements included job security and no reductionsin wages or benefits for four years.

Although the transition of staff to Well-Being was almostimmediate, the battle to secure financial compensation toward members’ unpaidwages, vacation, severance, and other costs has taken almost ten months.

Under the federal WageEarner Protection Program Act impacted members will receive payments up to$3,253 depending on their individual circumstances.

“The good news here is that we were able to minimize some ofthe damage to our members caused by this private contractor’s suddenbankruptcy,” says HEU secretary-business manager Judy Darcy.

“But we remain deeply concerned that staff inprivately operated care homes will continue to pay a price when a for-profitemployer goes under.”