Edmonton care workers file for unionization

If they’re successful, the unionization will apply to over 100 workers employed as health care aides and licensed practical nurses.

Last week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their latest New Applications Report. In the report was a new application for union certification in Alberta.

The application was filed on 2 June 2023 by Local 207 of the United Steel, Paper and Forestry, Rubber, Manufacturing, Energy, Allied Industrial and Service Workers International Union, otherwise known as the United Steelworkers.

This union is applying on behalf of over 100 Edmonton workers employed as health care aides and licensed practical nurses.

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These workers are employed by Edmonton People in Need Shelter Society, a non-profit that provides housing and services to people who have severe and persistent chronic mental illness.

According to the application, if the union certification is approved, it would apply to 105 workers throughout Alberta.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for this application for 15 November 2023. The employer will have an opportunity then to present arguments for why certification shouldn’t occur at that location.

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 queer journalist based in Lethbridge, Alberta. He writes daily news articles, focusing on politics and labour.

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