AUPE filed a strike vote application with the Alberta Labour Relations Board today, following membership meetings last week.

Last week’s meetings were attended by over 85 per cent of our membership with all those in attendance unanimously endorsing strike action. Your committee is proud of the unity and resolve demonstrated in your commitment to stand up for a fair contract that protects the quality of care for Covenant residents.

When your committee met with the employer on Saturday, we reiterated the importance of bringing rates in line with industry standards. We believe that as long as wages remain well below provincial averages, we will continue to see residents affected by shifts remaining unfilled and a high rate of staff turnover.

AUPE has also raised concerns about the fact that government regulations allow operators like Covenant to use funding intended for direct care for other purposes. We will continue to highlight the impacts of this situation on frontline staff and residents alike.

Meeting space has been booked for Red Deer on Dec. 7 and Calgary on Dec. 8. Meetings on those dates could have one of two outcomes: either we would vote to ratify a tentative agreement (if we are able to reach one during mediated bargaining) or we would hold a formal strike vote.

Please stay tuned for specific meeting times and locations.

As always, your bargaining committee is committed to keeping you informed throughout the bargaining process. Please do not hesitate to contact your committee members with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.

Your bargaining committee is:

Holy Cross – Calgary
Delia Datuin
Angelo Tan
Izzy Keenas

Villa Marie – Red Deer
Tina Larsen
Joanne May

Kevin Davediuk, AUPE Negotiator

Note: Dates of strike votes were incorrect in first posting. They have now been corrected.