EDMONTON – Approximately 80 nursing staff and other specialized seniors care employees will soon return to work at Revera Riverbend, in accordance with the Provincial Emergency Tribunal ordered by the Government.
“Effective this morning, Human Services Minister Dave Hancock ordered a Provincial Emergency Tribunal, which will end the strike and lockout at Revera Riverbend,” said AUPE President Guy Smith.
“This has been the longest picket line held in AUPE’s history – 70 days. Our members stayed strong throughout it, but always were ready to go back to their jobs, caring for the seniors,” said Smith.
“We regret that thus far we have not been able to achieve a resolution through free collective bargaining, but we will follow the legal orders issued by the Minister, and continue to negotiate.”
The PET was ordered by Minister Hancock at the recommendation of Health Minister Fred Horne. The Health Minister reported that a recent audit of the Riverbend facility found conditions that posed a risk to the health and safety of residents.
For more information, contact:
Guy Smith, President, AUPE – 780-265-2294 (cell)
Dale Perry, Negotiator, AUPE – 780-930-3347 or 780-238-8697
Mark Wells, Senior Communications Advisor, AUPE – 780-930-3311 or 904-0688 (cell)