Moose Jaw – In a shocking move, Management of Ina Grafton Gage handed the SEIU-West Bargaining Committee formal notice of their intent to close the Ina Grafton Gage Home and McNiven Manor as early as September 29, 2011.
This act will close 41 Long Term Care beds in this community, displace approximately 30 residents out of their home and put approximately 25 people out of work.
The Bargaining Committee was working hard to negotiate a reasonable solution to the concerns Management brought to the table.
“We have been reasonable about the monetary concerns and we want to work with them but this announcement has really put us in a stalemate,” says Darlene Therens, a member of the Bargaining Committee. “What does this mean for our residents?”
Staff have questions about the imminent financial crisis given that Management has maintained empty beds for months, refusing to even advertise the availability of space in the Home until the issue was forced at the last bargaining meeting. “After having raised the issue with them, Management still made no real effort to fill the beds,” said Kerry Barrett, SEIU-West Representative. “From the information received, it would appear that the ‘cottages’ will remain, however there will be the need for very few workers; only those responsible for maintenance of buildings and grounds will remain after the closure of the Home and Manor.”
The anticipated closure date of the facilities is September 29, 2011.
SEIU-West represents approximately twelve thousand members, across the province, who work in health care, education, municipalities, and community-based organizations.
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For more information, contact:
Christine Miller, Communications Coordinator – 306.652.1011 ext. 2250