Shannex Nursing Home workers vote for strike action

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CUPE says over 80% of nursing home workers at Shannex's Thomas Hall in Fredericton voted in favour of strike action Wednesday night.

"Nursing Home workers are short staffed, overworked and pay should reflect the hard work. Shannex, a for-profit employer, must listen to those taking care of our seniors. Improved funding to the front lines should be a priority," said Amber Wilson, President of local CUPE Local 5103, representing Thomas Hall workers.

In a release, the union says Shannex told staff that wage increases would be linked to wages established by the Province of New Brunswick in its negotiations with 46 not-for-profit nursing homes.

Wilson added Shannex has never been a part of those negotiations, so it doesn't make sense to tie them to this set of negotiations.

The union says bargaining has been ongoing since Fall 2018.

CUPE Local 5103 represents over 70 workers at Shannex's Thomas Hall in Fredericton and includes Licenced Practical nurses (LPNs), therapy assistants and others.