July 20, 2018 6:41 am

Senior care workers in Coquitlam reach agreement with Fraser Health, save jobs

Seniors migrating to B.C. has meant extra health care costs of over $7 billion, according to the Fraser Institute.

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Senior care workers in Coquitlam who were set to lose their jobs this fall have reached a deal with Fraser Health.

150 workers at Madison and Lakeshore care centres were getting ready for their last shifts at the end of the summer.

But Fraser Health and the owner of the two centres have reached a deal which will protect their jobs.

Hospital Employees spokesperson Mike Old said the jobs were in jeopardy because of contract flipping, which has been a problem in the long-term care sector for years.

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“We’re also pressing for a more permanent fix to make sure this doesn’t happen at other facilities.”

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He said the fight doesn’t stop here.

“We’re really pleased that this happened but we also have to remember that good will and one off fixes can only take us so far.”

Old said the real winners are the seniors at the homes.

“The seniors and especially the family of the seniors have always been very clear that it was important to maintain stability and continuity of care at those two care homes.”

This happened after workers joined the union in May.

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