Employees at Hillcrest Place personal care home in Brandon are readying to take to the picket lines, after voting to reject a final contract offer from their employer.
A union representative from the care home said yesterday that they currently earn less money than any other care home in the city, and that the contract offer didn’t do enough to reduce that gap.
“The wage gap between workers at Hillcrest and other personal care homes is baffling,” said Phyllis Denbow, president of CUPE Local 2526, which represents about 100 health-care aides, dietary aides and kitchen staff. “We range anywhere from $3 to $5 less per hour than employees doing the same work elsewhere. It’s just not fair.”
The union also says many employees at Hillcrest, which is operated by Extendicare, are working short-staffed — with not enough health-care aides per shift to adequately care for all residents.
The vote was held on Tuesday after bargaining reached a stalemate, despite meetings with a conciliation officer in February and again earlier in March.
A strike date has been set for March 24 at 7 a.m.
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