COLD LAKE – Seniors care workers at Points West Living (PWL) Cold Lake ratified a first collective agreement June 22, ending an employer lockout that began Dec. 16.

“These negotiations began in 2015 and have been among the most difficult and problematic our union has dealt with to date,” said Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith.

“These brave members risked everything to stand up for themselves and the residents they care so much about. They fought hard for an agreement that puts quality of care first and after a lockout lasting 190 days, have a contract that takes a positive step toward real improvements to care.

“They have inspired me and many, many others. I am tremendously proud of them,” Smith said.

The collective agreement, which expires at the end of 2019, contains an agreement prohibiting PWL from contracting out, recognizes concerns regarding workload and short staffing, and will bring wages close to industry standard by the end of the contract. Staff will return to work July 4.

AUPE represents close to 40 nursing care and general support members at the 54-bed facility. They voted to join the union in March 2015.

More than 90,000 workers across Alberta are represented by AUPE. Including 11,000 who work in private seniors care.


For more information:

Guy Smith, AUPE president: 780-265-2294
Tyler Bedford, AUPE senior communications advisor: 780-930-3406