Workers Picket For Fair Wages

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Workers at the Extendicare Maple View took to the sidewalks Thursday to continue fighting long-standing wage freezes.

Members of Unifor Local 1359 stand outside MapleView on Northern Ave. Thursday
Members of Unifor Local 1359 stand outside MapleView on Northern Ave. Thursday

Members of Unifor Local 1359 tell SaultOnline.com that since negotiations broke off earlier this month, cut backs to staff and services have occurred with “substantial layoffs” say union officials.

During the last contract negotiations with Extendicare, members reluctantly accepted to take two year wage freezes but since then the cost of living has risen 4.4% and now the workers want better pay to keep up with inflation in the new contract. The union is seeking a three year deal.

“We want to ensure that the priority of Unifor Local 1359 members at Extendicare continues to be the excellent care of our residents. The reduction of nursing care with feeble pay increases is not the way to accomplish this.”

Locally, the Maple View location has around 280 residents and employs roughly 400 employees.

MapleView workers get support from passing motorists Thursday at Pine street and Northern Ave.
MapleView workers get support from passing motorists Thursday at Pine street and Northern Ave.