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EDMONTON – Points West Living Cold Lake seniors care workers and supporters will rally at 3 p.m. tomorrow at their employer’s corporate office in Edmonton, located at 10309 107 Street.

Media are invited to attend.

“The resolve of these workers to stand up for quality care for the residents they serve is inspiring,” said AUPE vice-president Mike Dempsey. “They need and deserve our support for the stand they are taking, which is exposing many problems at Points West Living facilities, as well as the deeper crisis in Alberta’s seniors care system.”

Caregivers at Points West Living Cold Lake have been locked out by their employer since Dec. 16.

Private, for-profit seniors care operators like Points West Living receive tax-payer funding to cover the wages of front-line health workers, but government regulations permit them to retain a portion of that public funding as profit or for other purposes, and they are not required to disclose how public funds are used. Points West Living is one of the most profitable and fastest growing for-profit seniors care providers in Alberta. The company expects to grow to a value of $500-million over the next five years.

“It’s shameful that this profitable company is using tax dollars to drive down wages and working conditions for seniors care workers, which of course affects the care of the residents they serve,” said Dempsey. “Instead of negotiating with their employees to find solutions to problems such as short-staffing, arbitrary scheduling and training, Points West Living is using government funding to bus in replacement workers from outside the community and hire private security to patrol the picket line.”

AUPE has created a website (pwlprobe.com) with more information and an online letter urging government and company representatives to put people before profits by negotiating a fair agreement with Points West Living employees.

For more information:
Mike Dempsey, AUPE vice-president: (780) 404-5678
Merryn Edwards, AUPE communications: (780) 952-1951

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