Jobs Axed, Care Cut: Maplecrest Employees Protest Staffing Cuts
Grimsby, ON—A protest was held at Maplecrest Village this weekend in an effort to raise awareness of Revera’s plan to drastically cut staffing levels.
The front-line staff at Maplecrest were joined by members of the community. Wielding signs, they marched along Main Street and Maple Avenue, hoping to get their message out to the public and family members of residents living at the retirement home.
“Revera has threatened repercussions against the employees if they say anything to residents and their families about these business changes,” says Michael Reid, a representative of Niagara Health and Service Workers Union, CLAC Local 302, the union representing Maplecrest staff. “At the same time, they’re not telling these elderly residents and their family members that 138 hours are being cut biweekly from dietary, housekeeping, and nursing services.”
As a result of these cuts, some employees have been laid off and recalled to new jobs without any discussion with the union. Revera has also failed to communicate with employees about how the cuts could be accomplished.
“Revera still will not provide any reasons, explanations, or responses to our many questions,” says Reid.
“We’ve had two meetings with them and other communications, including filing grievances and charges at the labour board. Yet they plow on as if their employees have nothing to say about the care they provide, and the union has nothing to say about the process used to implement the changes. All they’ve told us is that they are rolling out these cuts in homes across Canada.”