Closure of popular St. Amant Day Program means loss of jobs, valuable services for Manitobans with disabilities
Apr 28, 2021
The MGEU was shocked and
deeply disappointed to learn that St. Amant Centre will be permanently closing its popular and much-needed
Day Program Services as of May 28, 2021.
"For the past year, our members involved with the Day Program have demonstrated enormous flexibility and patience as programming
shifted from the Centre into the community due to pandemic health restrictions only to have their jobs eliminated in the end," said MGEU President Michelle Gawronsky. "This is a heartbreaking decision as far as they're concerned, but also for all those participants and their families. Manitobans with disabilities are losing a
skilled, multi-disciplinary team of professionals who offer vital resources for
physical activity as well as clinical expertise all in one location – in other
words, a unique and valuable program that has been in high demand and will
undoubtedly remain so."
On Monday, the employer also notified staff that,
as a result of a routine review, they will be eliminating two overnight
positions at ABI Homes as of May 28, 2021.
"After this challenging
year, these job losses are particularly difficult and hard to fathom," Gawronsky said, adding that both decisions were made without any
involvement or consultation with the union.
Recently, the MGEU launched a public information campaign -- Not Just a Job -- on behalf of front-line community-based workers like those at St. Amant who help vulnerable Manitobans in our community. Gawronsky said the campaign points out that such workers have been dealing with ongoing cuts to programs and funding that lead to low pay, limited resources and constant turnover.