Freddy Beach Blogger interviews NB MLA Brian Kenny on Nursing Homes


Video Source: Charles Lablanc
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Throwing around half-billion dollar figures on things like a generic elder care / adult care costs is pretty misleading and inflammatory, In a country of bountiful wealth, how are things like elder care the first things on the chopping block when the markets go awry? Whittling down the veneer on the debt/wage-slave lifestyle will only help to stoke this rudderless unwinding of the towers of greed that continue to implode. That we take some of the taxes to feed and bathe the disabled was a horror to free-market scam artists and kleptocrats before; it only goes to reason that they'd use more engineered 'crises' to push through unpopular/unethical/untenable cuts. - Dan F.
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N.B. government accused by union of rejecting collective agreement
Anonymous - The Canadian Press
March 18, 2009

FREDERICTON — The executive director of New Brunswick's Nursing Home Association said Wednesday he's worried a dispute between a labour group and the province over a wage freeze could lead to a strike.

Michael Keating said the association - which runs 62 privately owned nursing homes - is stuck in the middle.

"We're scared to death that there will be work stoppages," he said. "That's an absolute unbridled fear of every nursing home administrator in this province."

Valerie Black, the president of the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions, said her 4,000 members have ratified a four-year contract with the association, but accused the government of interfering by insisting they also agree to a two-year wage freeze.

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The same day the deal was reached, the provincial government told public sector unions it would freeze wages for management and non-union employees for two years as of April 1, 2009. Unionized employees would be impacted by the wage freeze as their collective agreements expire.

Black said her group, which is represented by the Canadian Union of Public Employees, had negotiated a four-year agreement, and wasn't about to suddenly change that to six years with a wage freeze in the last two years.

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But Keating said while the nursing homes are privately run, 85 per cent of their funding comes from the province.

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The minister of state for seniors, Brian Kenny, said since the deal wasn't ratified, the offer has expired.

He said two other unions in the nursing home sector have agreed to the wage freeze.

The Council of Nursing Home Unions was expected to hold a news conference on the issue Thursday in Fredericton.

Black said the union will take the issue to the provincial labour board and to the courts if necessary.
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