Last month, Park Place Seniors Living Ltd. took advantage of provisions in the Health and Social Services Delivery Improvement Act to contract out previously unionized positions at its Windsor Manor nursing home - terminating 70 care aides according to the British Columbia Government and Service Employees' Union. The Canadian Press's Jeremy Hainsworth reported those aides were offered but declined to reapply for those positions - where they would have made $18 per hour rather than $20. And who's was responsible for this privatization scheme, you may wonder? Why that would be Park Place's president and chief executive officer Al Jina who was recently appointed by the provincial government to the board of examiners in optometry. Funny old world, eh?
October 18, 2006