NB Nursing Home Unions Seek $ 4 Hourly Wage Increase to Address Labor Shortage – New Brunswick | The Canadian News

The New Brunswick Council of Nursing Home Unions is calling on the provincial government to increase wages for workers in long-term care homes by $ 4 an hour.

Council President Sharon Teare told reporters today that the houses are understaffed and the pay increase would help with recruitment and retention.

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She says that most long-term care homes in the province are missing at least half of their required employees, leaving residents without adequate care.

Teare says nursing home workers in New Brunswick earn $ 21 an hour on average, a rate she says is among the lowest in the country for that sector.

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She says federal liberals promised last month before winning the election that they would address the shortcomings in the country’s long-term care sector, adding that now is the time for the province to do its part.

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No one from the provincial government was immediately available for comment today.

This Canadian Press report was first published on September 27, 2021.

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