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Posted May 20 , 2010
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UNION PICKET

CAW to Picket London Extendicare Facility

LONDON - CAW members and supporters will be picketing outside the London Extendicare long-term care facility located at 860 Waterloo Street tomorrow afternoon, in response to the company's refusal to negotiate a fair deal with its workers. The company broke off talks with the union on April 26.

"Our members at Extendicare work hard to provide the best care possible, despite frequent short staffing and other challenges rampant in this sector," said CAW National President Ken Lewenza.

"Now the company is attempting to use the provincial government's wage freeze (Bill 16) as an excuse for failing to fairly compensate our members for the work they do, despite the fact that Extendicare is actually a for-profit company, not a government agency. This is not a position Extendicare workers are willing to tolerate."

According to its own figures, parent company Extendicare Real Estate Investment Trust (REIT) earned $15 million in profits in the first quarter of 2010 alone, up from $3.7 million a year ago. "This company cannot possibly cry poor," said Lewenza. "We're calling on Extendicare to get back to the bargaining table and negotiate a fair contract."

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