Edmonton care workers file for unionization

If successful, this would affect 70 workers based out of Edmonton.

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

The application was filed on 13 September 2023 by the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.

This union is applying on behalf of workers employed by Covenant Care.

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Based out of Edmonton, Covenant Catholic, not-for-profit, registered charity that provides accommodations, health, and community care services and programmes to aging individuals in need. They operate locations throughout the Edmonton area, as wells as in Calgary, Lethbridge, and Red Deer.

If approved, this certification would apply to about 70 workers employed at Covenant’s Centre de Santé Saint-Thomas, a care facility in Edmonton with 101 supportive living suites, 40 memory care suites, and 30 independent living suites. It’s unique in that it caters to both anglophone and francophone residents.

AUPE already represents workers at other Covenant facilities.

The ALRB has scheduled a hearing for this application for 27 September 2023. The employer will have an opportunity then to present arguments for why certification shouldn’t occur at that location.

If everything goes through, the next step will be to negotiate a first contract.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports, here’s a copy of this report.

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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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