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EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) proudly welcomed approximately 180 employees from Chartwell Griesbach Retirement Residence, Chartwell Heritage Valley Retirement Residence and Chartwell Wild Rose Retirement Residence after the majority voted in favour of joining Alberta’s largest union on Nov. 21 and 22.

“We couldn’t be more pleased to have these workers join the AUPE family,” said AUPE Vice-President James Hart.

“In a strong show of solidarity, Chartwell nursing care and support staff banded together across worksites to organize. Now they can start the process of negotiating a first collective agreement to get their protections in writing.”

Staff at the Retirement Residences work as Licenced Practical Nurses (LPNs) and Health Care Aides (HCAs), as well as in recreation, housekeeping and maintenance, assisting Edmonton seniors who either live independently or need assisted living care.

The employer, Chartwell Master Care LP, is one of many private, for-profit seniors-care operators in the province. Private seniors-care employers tend to put profit before quality care.

Chartwell staff are hoping to raise their working conditions to match other similar seniors care facilities in the province, so they can improve their quality of life as well as that of the people they support daily.

“Seniors-care workers deserve the chance to push for better working conditions, not only because they do the double duty of physical and emotional labour, but also because their workplace is someone else’s home,” adds Hart.

AUPE represents over 95,000 workers across Alberta. Over half work in health care, including private for-profit, not-for-profit and public seniors care.

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For more information:
Celia Shea, AUPE communications officer: 780-720-8122

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