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Approximately 200 seniors care and support staff at Covenant Care facilities in Calgary and Red Deer ratified a two-year collective agreement that brings them closer to industry-standard wages and benefits.

The ratification means strike action will be avoided at Holy Cross Manor in Calgary and Villa Marie in Red Deer.

“We’re pleased both sides came to an agreement and that strike action was avoided,” said Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

“The agreement will ensure staff are treated as equals in their industry, which safeguards quality care,” said Smith.

Members at Holy Cross Manor and Villa Marie were 48 hours away from being forced to strike at both worksites last week. Job action was delayed following a tentative agreement reached on Dec. 11.

“I am proud of the unity and resolve these members showed throughout bargaining. Their resolve and commitment to achieving a fair contract and protecting quality care is admirable,” said Smith.

AUPE is Alberta’s largest union with more than 87,000 members province-wide. Close to half work in public, private and not-for-profit health and seniors care.

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For more information, contact:

Guy Smith, AUPE President: (780) 265-2294
Tyler Bedford, AUPE senior communications coordinator: 780-930-3406

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