For Immediate Release:

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Pine Heights Group Home Workers to Hold Demonstration Tomorrow

ST. JOHN’S, NL – Workers at Pine Heights Group Home in Grand Falls – Windsor, 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:                     Thursday, April 24, 2014

Time:                    12:00 p.m.

Location:              Minister of Health and Community Services,

Susan Sullivan’s Constituency Office

2A Bank Road, Grand Falls – Windsor

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 Marystown, 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)