Salvation Army Workers to Demonstrate for Fair Contract

March 24, 2011, 2:30 PM EST

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Salvation Army workers and supporters will be demonstrating outside the Salvation Army's A.R. Goudie Eventide long term care home, calling for a fair contract.

Demonstration for a Fair Contract:

Friday, March 25, 2011, 2 - 4 p.m.
A.R. Goudie Eventide
369 Fredrick St
Kitchener, ON

The CAW, representing the 100 A.R. Goudie workers, has been in negotiations with the Salvation Army for more than a year, with the contract having expired in May 2010.

"It's ironic how difficult it is to reach a fair contract with this well-known social service agency," said CAW Kitchener Area Director Bill Gibson. "If the Salvation Army doesn't treat its own staff with basic respect and dignity, how can it be credible within the community?"

Gibson said that what the union is looking for is better quality of life for workers on the job. "Our members are having to do a lot of extra work in a shorter amount of time. This means that residents are not getting the attention they need and deserve because of poor staffing levels in the home. This is one of the many issues that must be addressed."

CAW members work as registered nurses (RNs), registered practical nurses (RPNs), health care aids, personal support workers (PSWs), housekeepers, dietary and maintenance employees.

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