Most of the decrease occurred at University of Alberta, which accounted for 3 out of every 4 losses.
The 15 workers are employed with LML Industrial Contractors.
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Their previous contract expired 3 years ago.
10 other communities in Central, Northern, and Southern Alberta saw their ER closed. Another lost its ambulatory care.
October 2023 saw EMS responding to less than half the number of drug responses the same time last year. This was the second time this year the numbers dropped below 30.
The LPN sits on the bargaining team at her workplace and was suspended for 2-days without pay.
These workers unionized in the summer of 2021, and this will be their first wage increase in “a very long time”.
The employer isn’t too happy about it, however, and is trying to discourage the workers from unionizing.
The 100 or so workers had been without a new contract since the end of 2022.