For Immediate Release:

Monday, April 28, 2014

Bay St. George Youth Assessment Centre Group Home Workers to Hold Demonstration Tomorrow

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Workers at the Bay St. George Youth Assessment Centre in Stephenville, who are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), will be holding a demonstration tomorrow calling on the government to reverse its decision to privatize their Group Home.

Date:                     Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Time:                    12:00 p.m.

Location:              Minister of Environment and Conservation,

Joan Shea’s Constituency Office

58 Oregon Drive, Stephenville

The provincial government recently announced a new framework for staffed residential care. Part of this process included awarding contracts for three group homes to the private sector. The three group homes affected by the new contracts are: T.J MacDonald Achievement Home in Burin, Pine Heights Group Home in Grand Falls-Windsor, and the Bay St. George Youth Assessment Centre in Stephenville. As a result, 45 public sector workers lost their jobs.

NAPE President Carol Furlong and NAPE Secretary – Treasurer Bert Blundon will be attending the demonstration.

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For further information, please contact:

Keith Dunne, NAPE Campaigns and Communications Coordinator

(phone) 709.570.2501 (cell) 709.631.9737    (e-mail)