Raw emotion, tears at rally to support workers

“It’s not just about washing them, or giving them their medication — it’s the love they get from you,” Edna Sandoval, a family member told the gathered workers tearfully.( Provided-HEU)

Updated:4:19 PM, July 10, 2018


Coquitlam, British Columbia

Three weeks after joining union workers were fired

By Ted Alcuitas

Tears flowed freely at a rally to support laid off workers of two Coquitlam care homes Saturday (July 9) as speakers related how the layoffs affected their parents.



About 150 staff were told they would lose their jobs at the privately-owned, publicly-funded Lakeshore and Madison care centres, leaving nearly 200 seniors without their familiar and trusted caregivers.


Screen grab of Lizalyn Santos. (Video by HEU, Facebook)

“We have to do this. We have to stop the abuse, the bullying, the unfair work load. And I thank God that we won, but it was short-lived. After three weeks we were laid-off,” said union member Lizalyn Santos, who broke down and couldn’t hold back tears.

President of the B.C. Federation of Labour Irene Lanzinger told workers that they have the support of the federation in their fight to be reinstated tp their jobs.

Families and supporters gather at Como Lake Park, Sunday, July 7 to support workers. (Provided- HEU)




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