Union says layoffs will mean reduced care for nursing home residents

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Pending layoffs at Extendicare Maple View prompted workers and representatives from Unifor Local 1359 to stage a march and information picket Friday afternoon.

Union President, Laurie Lessard-Brown said the loss of two full-time and two part-time Personal support workers will impact the care needed for the nursing home. The layoffs were announced for April 1st.

“Cutting frontline workers is not the thing to do” Lessard-Brown told Saultonline.com,”we need to put more money into front line workers”

The nursing home blames a decreased case mix index, a formula used by the Provincial government, which determines the allocation of resources to care for and treat patients.  The nursing home says the layoffs were the last resort but the union isn’t buying it, citing it could make cuts in management instead and not compromise care for the residents in the home.

The march held Friday is to put pressure on the government to put more money into the system but also a message to Extendicare to put the residents before profit.

Extendicare, based in Markham Ontario operates two nursing homes in Sault Ste. Marie including  Maple View and Van Daele. Mapleview employs 325 staff.