Picket held at Minister of Health and Community Services to protest privatization of group homes.
St. John's (29 April 2014) — Workers at Pine Heights Group Home in Grand Falls – Windsor, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE/NUPGE) held a demonstration on April 24, calling on the government to reverse its decision to privatize their Group Home.
NAPE/NUPGE members bring attention to the government's decision to privatize provincial Group Homes
The demonstration took place at the constituency office of Susan Sullivan, Minister of Health and Community Services.
The provincial government recently announced a new framework for staffed residential care. Part of this process included awarding contracts for three group homes to the private sector. The three group homes affected by the new contracts are T.J MacDonald Achievement Home in Marystown, Pine Heights Group Home in Grand Falls-Windsor, and the Bay St. George Youth Assessment Centre in Stephenville.
As a result of this privatization, 45 public sector workers lost their jobs.
NAPE President Carol Furlong and NAPE Secretary – Treasurer Bert Blundon attended the demonstration to press the government to reconsider its privatization agenda.
The National Union of Public and General Employees (NUPGE) is one of Canada's largest labour organizations with over 340,000 members. Our mission is to improve the lives of working families and to build a stronger Canada by ensuring our common wealth is used for the common good. NUPGE