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Sunday rally to support laid-off Campbell River workers

A community rally takes place Sunday to support laid-off workers at New Horizons.

The rally begins at 12 noon at Spirit Square.

Members of the Hospital Employees’ Union and their supporters will the march to the New Horizons care facility on 14th Avenue and to the nearby Labour Hall for refreshments around 2 p.m.

In late December, owners of the 94-bed facility gave layoff notices to 120 employees. Their last day on the job is April 30.

The employees have been told they will be offered their old jobs back if they choose to reapply. It’s expected that they would return to lower wages and benefits.

Speakers at the rally will include Jim Sinclair, president of B.C. Federation of Labour; Bonnie Pearson, HEU secretary and business manager; Claire Trevena, MLA for the North Island; family members; and other representatives from the community.

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