Workers Promised Outstanding Salary at Windsor Retirement Home

March 10, 2011, 3:45 PM EST

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CAW members at La Chaumiere Retirement Residence in Puce, Ontario have been promised their back wages after it was placed into receivership this morning.

The 38 workers, represented by CAW Local 2458, had been on the job with no income for more than 10 weeks, after the company repeatedly failed to pay the workers, and other suppliers. The home was managed by Liberty Assisted Living.

CAW National President Ken Lewenza said that under normal circumstances the company going into receivership would be extremely difficult news, but in this case, it could mean a positive new beginning for the home, the residents and its workers.

"This group of workers should be applauded for their commitment to caring for the residents," said Lewenza. "Company owners exploited the goodwill of the workers at La Chaumiere for their own profit, putting residents and workers at peril. Finding a new owner for this facility would be the best possible outcome to what has been an agonizing experience for workers, residents and their families."

"The terrible experience at La Chaumiere highlights the actions of unscrupulous employers in this sector who take advantage of vulnerable seniors and the workers who care for them," said Bruce Dickie, CAW Local 2458 president. While exploitation rarely exists to this degree, poor treatment and lack of concern for residents is rampant among corporate long term care providers, who give more consideration to the company's bottom line than to those in need of care, said Dickie.

The appointed receiver has agreed to pay the workers' outstanding salary within a week.

The receiver has also agreed to honour all aspects of the collective agreement and the union has pledged its support to working with the receiver to find a new owner for the facility.

There was some reprieve on March 4 when court ordered monies were handed over to the La Chaumiere workers, represented by CAW Local 2458. 

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