Bargaining Continues

Your bargaining committee met with the employer on June 14 and 15.

These bargaining meetings happened to fall during Carewest’s own staff appreciation week. As Carewest noted in its memo to workers, “Carewest Staff Appreciation Week is an opportunity for us to recognize and celebrate the many contributions and achievements that each of you make on a daily basis in meeting the needs of our residents, clients, and their families.”

Unfortunately, that tone did not extend to the bargaining table.

We were not able to sign off on any items of significance that our membership had identified as important.

We were disappointed to see such disconnect between the employer’s staff appreciation week and its unwillingness to appreciate how important these items are to members.

We were looking for language that would hold both parties to a standard of acting in a “professional, fair and reasonable” manner, yet the employer stated that was not acceptable to them.

By the end of the two days we signed off three letters of understanding and one article as current, which means the language appears as it does in the current agreement, along with only one small change to union orientation language.

We did have substantial discussion on the No Discrimination/No Harassment article, but have not yet reached a final agreement.

We remain committed to achieving an agreement that raises our work conditions to the appropriate industry standard enjoyed by other comparable sites operated by Covenant Care and Alberta Health Services.

If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact a member of your bargaining committee or an AUPE resource staff member listed below.


George Boyack
Rene Gripping
Tim Sherba

Signal Pointe
Denise Kuzyk

Jane Swaren
Lorena Cavero

Chris Dickson, Negotiator
Merryn Edwards, Negotiator
Mariam Ibrahim, Communications