HALIFAX, NOVA SCOTIA--(Marketwired - Aug. 15, 2016) - CUPE members and supporters will hold information pickets this week to raise awareness about the impact of budget cuts to nursing homes and the quality of care for residents across the province.

The info pickets will be held Wednesday, August 17, from 10:30-11:30 a.m. and again at 3:00-4:30 p.m. in front of MLAs' offices at the following locations:

Bras d'Or Louisdale
15 Alder Point Road Richmond Industrial Mall
Glace Bay New Waterford
Peoples Mall, 219 Commercial Street 3365 Plummer Avenue
Halifax Port Hawkesbury
1894 Barrington Street 323 Reeves Street

Workers received notice of layoffs or reduced hours of work last week at the Port Hawkesbury Nursing Home. The layoffs are the result of $6.7 million in budget cuts to long-term care announced by the Nova Scotia Department of Health and Wellness.
More staffing reductions are anticipated at other nursing homes in Nova Scotia. CUPE long-term care workers across the province will continue to campaign to stop the cuts.

CUPE members, and anyone with a loved one residing in a nursing home, are also encouraged to contact their MLA and ask them to oppose these cuts to long-term care.

Contact Information:

Kathy Macleod
CUPE Long-Term Care Coordinator
(902) 578-3304 (cell)

Louise Riley
Chair CUPE NS Long-Term Care Committee
(902) 403-9004 (cell)

Colleen Reynolds
CUPE Communications Representative
(902) 809-2253 (Cell)