Provincewide day of action November 30 in support of long-term care and community services

CUPE members who work in long-term care and community services will hold rallies across the province as part of a “Day of Action” on Tuesday, November 30, calling on the Nova Scotia government to take immediate action to support long-term care workers and residents.

“The province must act now to increase staffing levels and wages,” says Louise Riley, chair of CUPE’s Long Term Care and Community Services Coordinating Committee. “For decades, the government has imposed a wage freeze or an increase far below the rate of inflation. Many workers in these sectors must work two jobs, work at more than one facility, or work overtime, just to get by.”

“Where’s the incentive to continue working in a job with low wages, cancelled vacations, mandated overtime, and often working short?” adds Riley.

The rallies are scheduled to take place at 11 am at the following locations:

Amherst 147 South Albion Street Mall parking lot
Amherst 11 Sproule Street High Crest Springhill Home for Special Needs
Arichat 2313 Hwy. 206 St. Anne Community and Nursing Care Centre
Baddeck Town Centre Town Centre
Barrington 96 Bayside Drive Bay Side Home
Berwick 195 Cottage Street Office of MLA Chris Palmer
Bridgetown 190 Church Street Adult Residential Centre
Chester 4080 Hwy. 3 Office of MLA Danielle Barkhouse
Eastern Passage 1909 Caldwell Road Ocean View Continuing Care
Glace Bay 275 South Street Seaview Manor
Guysborough 10558 Hwy. 16 Milford Haven Home for Special Care
Inverness 15857 Central Avenue Inverness Legion
Halifax 2080 Windsor Street St. Vincent’s Guest Home
  1430 Purcell’s Cove Road Arborstone Enhanced Care
  50 Shoreham Lane Melville Lodge
Liverpool 271 Main Street Office of MLA Kim Masland
Lockeport 73 Howe Street Surf Lodge Nursing Home
Lunenberg 25 Blockhouse Hill Road Harbour View Haven
New Glasgow 739 East River Road Glen Haven Manor
North Sydney 11 Queen Street Northside Community Guest
Pictou 25 Front Street Office of Minister of Community Services Karla MacFarlane
Shelburne 104 King Street Near Mr. Fish restaurant
St. Peter’s Main Street Old Irving parking lot
Sydney 1724 Kings Road Harbourstone Enhanced Care
Yarmouth 392 Main Street Office of MLA Zack Churchill

“The province is not acting fast enough. These sectors are in crisis and these workers are burnt out and dropping out, and residents are not receiving the complete care they deserve,” says CUPE Nova Scotia President Nan McFadgen.

“Many changes are needed, including legislation that will ensure nursing homes deliver a minimum of 4.1 direct care hours, per resident per day, to meet the basic needs of residents,” says McFadgen.

CUPE members are asking the public to contact their MLA, Minister of Seniors and Long-term Care Barbara Adams, and Premier Tim Houston, and ask them to increase staffing levels and wages immediately. Contact information is available at