For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

NAPE Group Home Workers to Attend House of Assembly Session Today

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Workers at the Bay St. George Youth Assessment Centre in Stephenville, Pine Heights Group Home in Grand Falls-Windsor, and the T.J McDonald Achievement Home in Burin, all of whom are members of the Newfoundland and Labrador Association of Public and Private Employees (NAPE), will be attending the House of Assembly today.

Over the past three weeks, workers have been collecting signatures for a petition calling on the government to reverse its decision to privatize the group homes in their respective communities. The petitions are scheduled to be presented in the House of Assembly this afternoon. To-date, these workers have collected over 3800 signatures.

Representatives from each of the affected group homes will be available to the media today. They will be joined by NAPE President Carol Furlong and Secretary-Treasurer Bert Blundon.

Date:                     Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Time:                    1:30 p.m.

Location:              Foyer, East Block, Confederation Building

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.

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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)