10/23/2013 10:01 EDT | Updated 12/23/2013 05:12 EST

Strike deadline by unionized staff looms for Manitoba seniors home

WINNIPEG - Unionized workers at a large Winnipeg seniors home have voted in favour of strike action to back contract demands.

Employees of the Lions Housing Personal Care Home are threatening to walk off the job on Oct. 28.

The workers are members of the Canadian Union of Public Employees Local 3729.

Daniel Richards, the local's treasurer, says the members are underpaid, overworked, short-staffed and cannot provide the level and quality of care Manitobans deserve.

The union also says the workers' pay is more than nine per cent below that of other similarly operated long-term care facilities.

The strike vote comes after months of negotiations, meetings with a provincial conciliation officer in August and two days of information pickets. (CJOB)