PEI health care workers unite against privatized nursing homes
Activists lead forceful opposition to P3 mindset.
June 24, 2008 — PEI's health council is the organizing force behind a campaign that's united provincial health care unions to stop publicly owned and operated nursing homes from being privatized through public private partnerships. Earlier this year, CUPE got wind of plans to build seven new nursing homes — called manors in PEI — as P3s. Members and staff immediately began mobilizing, striking a coalition with other health care unions and working closely with the provincial health coalition and the Council of Canadians.
The "Keep our manors public" campaign includes radio ads, meetings with key government officials and the creative use of a billboard outside CUPE's Charlottetown office. The campaign web site also encourages voters to send their MLA a message. . .
CUPE represents workers in health care and other public services.
Links and sources
CUPE PEI fights P3 nursing homes, posted on CUPE.ca, June 24, 2008
Public works best! for our manors, campaign website mounted by CUPE PEI
Posted: June 25, 2008
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