According to recent Statistics Canada data, Alberta workers had the lowest union coverage in Canada under both the NDP and UCP governments.
Last year, workers employed with Strathcona County rejected a tentative agreement reached by the union and the employer. The two parties are presenting a new contract, after having gone to mediation.
This isn’t the first time the company has been accused of unionbusting. Several Lethbridge workers came forward in 2022 with similar charges.
Lethbridge EMS responded to the second highest number of drug-related events last month than in any other April over the last 5 years.
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The new 3-year contract includes wage increases that should help workers afford inflationary increases to the cost of living.
3 years into their administration, the UCP have overseen an increase in clinical staff employed by Alberta Health Services, but the clinical staff make up a smaller percentage of AHS’s total payroll than they were under the NDP and even the last year of the PCs.
Another community lost ambulatory care twice.
The new tentative 7-year agreements for over 150 workers in two employee groups include 5 years of wage freezes.
The ALRB had originally ruled that the union didn’t have enough support among the 55 workers it was trying to organize. They changed their mind after the union appealed.
During the early months of the COVID-19 pandemic, Alberta workers with union coverage were less likely to lose their jobs than those without union coverage.