Nonprofit workers in Whitecourt file for unionization

This is the fourth unionization effort from CUPE this year.

Earlier this week, the Alberta Labour Relations Board released their latest new applications report and in it was a new application for unionization.

The application was submitted on 18 October 2022 by Local 787 of the Canadian Union of Public Employees. They’re applying for union certification for a group of 95 workers employed by Wellspring Family Resource & Crisis Centre Society.

Wellspring is a non-profit organization based out of Whitecourt. They provide a short-term shelter and supports for women experiencing family violence or who are in crisis.

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The union is certifying for all the workers at the facility.

This follows 3 other certification applications filed by CUPE earlier this summer: one for Redcliff library workers, one for Edmonton retirement workers, and one for Fort McMurray non-profit workers; although these were filed by different CUPE locals.

Since the ALRB doesn’t archive their new application reports on their website, 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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