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AUPE trying to unionize 170 senior care workers

The union recently filed applications to hold unionization votes for workers at 2 care facilities: in Calgary and in Cochrane.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their most recent New Applications Report. In the report are 2 new application for union certification in Alberta.

The first application was submitted by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees on 29 June 2022. They’re applying for union certification for a group of 113 workers who are working for the Silverado Creek Seniors Community in Calgary.

The 129-unit long term care facility is owned by the private company Park Place Seniors Living, which has over 30 locations across BC, Alberta, and Ontario. It’s operated by Silverado Seniors Village Partnership.

The ALRB has scheduled two hearing dates for this application: one for 14 July 2022 and the other for the 15th.

AUPE also filed the second application that same day, but this one for the unionization of 57 workers at Hawthorne, a senior care facility in Cochrane specializing in supportive living and memory care.

The Hawthorne facility is owned by Saint Elizabeth Health Care and operated by Optima Living.

The ALRB hearing for this application has also been set for the 14th.

These two applications follow yesterday’s announcement by AUPE that about 40 auxiliary nursing-care workers in Sundre had recently voted in favour of joining their union.

Workers there had previously been AUPE members but lost their unionization status when the facility’s operations were handed over to Bethany Care Society by Mountain View Seniors’ Housing a little over a year ago.

Speaking of hearings, the ALRB has scheduled another hearing for the 15th. Local 2103 of the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners of America is trying to organize workers at Dalco Services, a manufacturing company in Red Deer.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports, here’s a copy of the most recent one.

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By Kim Siever

Kim Siever is an independent journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news stories, focusing on politics and labour.

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