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BEAUMONT – Alberta Union of Provincial Employees members at Chateau Vitaline have ratified a first collective agreement with their employer after almost five years of course bargaining.

“This has been a drawn-out round of negotiations, and I am pleased these workers will finally get the protection a collective agreement allots them and they deserve,” said AUPE Vice-President Susan Slade.

Ratified by the union on July 24 and on Aug. 2 by the employer, the collective agreement includes wage increases, retroactive pay and provisions for long and short-term disability, among other significant gains. It comes after multiple hold-ups in bargaining.

Staff at Chateau Vitaline joined AUPE in 2012. At the time, the assisted living facility for seniors was known as Place Beauséjour before it was sold to Covenant Care, resulting in heavy delays in bargaining.

Bargaining with the new employer launched as soon as they took over operations on Jan. 1, 2015, followed by mediation in December 2016.

“The dedication shown by these members to acheive a first collective agreement throughout this very long process exemplifies solidarity and highlights their resolve,” said Slade.

The 72 AUPE members at Chateau Vitaline work in nursing care and general support services. The collective agreement expires June 30, 2018.

AUPE represents more than 90,000 members province-wide. More than half work in public, private and non-profit health care.

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For more information:

Susan Slade, AUPE Vice-President: 403-554-4198
Celia Shea, AUPE Communications Officer: 780-930-3398

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