MEDIA ADVISORY: Rally in Support of Mental Health Workers

What: Lunch-hour information picket in support of Developmental Workers/LPNs
When: Friday, December 6th, noon to 1 p.m.
Where: In front of the Nova Scotia Hospital (300 Pleasant Street, Dartmouth)
Management at NSHA recently advised they would be eliminating 14 mental health positions at Emerald Hall.
These LPNs and Developmental Workers work in a very challenging area of the health care system. On this in-patient psychiatric unit, workers help treat clients with dual diagnoses of intellectual disabilities & mental illness.
“The employer can’t explain how laying off these workers is going to help clients,” said NSGEU President Jason MacLean, “It seems like they’re doing this just to try and save money.”
These clients and their families require stability and the expertise of these experienced staff. Our mental health care system is in crisis: we cannot afford to lose these workers.
President MacLean will be at the rally along with members of the NSGEU Board of Directors and affected members.
The Nova Scotia Government and General Employees Union represents over 31,000 women and men who provide quality public services Nova Scotians count on every day.
For more information or to arrange an interview with NSGEU President Jason MacLean, please contact:
Holly Fraughton, NSGEU Communications Officer
902-424-4063 (office)
902-471-1781 (cell)

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