Nursing home workers strike looming in New Brunswick

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Families of New Brunswick nursing home residents are scrambling to find a solution, as a strike vote is held next week by unionized home workers.Management at those homes are now calling families to ask for help.Story continues below

“They’re incontinent, so who’s doing the changing of the diapers and all this stuff? I said they can’t expect the families to be doing that. We’re going to try to do our best to help them out but I said this is not really what we signed up for,” said Moncton resident Gerry Mallais, whose aunt is a resident at Villa Providence in Shediac, N.B.READ MORE: Front-line staff at New Brunswick nursing home hold rally but premier is a no-showMallais has been asked to either bring his aunt home for the duration of a potential strike, or to go into Villa Providence to care for her. His Aunt is in a wheelchair, suffers from Alzheimer’s and needs a lift to get out of bed.“That’s why we moved her to a facility. That was specific to her care and the service was great until this all came about,” said Mallais.More than 4,100 workers represented by Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) will participate in a strike vote next week. They’ve been without a contract for 28 months. The 45 locals are collectively represented by the New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions.WATCH: CEO of Saint John nursing home speaks out

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