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Nursing-home staff plan Thursday picket

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Health care aides at the Lions nursing home on Sherbook Street will be walking the picket line Thursday afternoon.

They are not on strike – yet. The picket is for information purposes, meant to raise awareness about low wages and "working short," the practice of leaving shifts short-staffed when workers call in sick. The Canadian Union of Public Employees says it’s a chronic problem that threatens patient care.

The collective agreement governing the 160 health care aides at the Lions Personal Care Home expired nearly a year ago. Staff there may take a strike vote as early as Thursday.

A similar dispute earlier gripped the Maples Personal Care home, but a new collective agreement was ratified there last week.

 

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