Workers in Olds try to unionize senior care facility

The AUPE union is trying to have workers at this facility join with workers at other facilities owned by the same employer.

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

At the end of August, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees filed an application for certification on behalf of 7 workers employed with Bethany Care Society.

Bethany provides a range of housing and care options, from independent living to supportive living, long-term care, specialized dementia care and community services throughout central and southern Alberta.

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These 7 workers are at Bethany’s Mount View Lodge in the town of Olds.

This isn’t the first connection AUPE has with unionizing Bethany workers. The union also represents workers at Bethany locations in Airdrie, Calgary, Cochrane, and Didsbury.

As well, the Bethany workers to join AUPE were those at the Riverview Village location in Calgary, who joined AUPE in the spring of 2019. Just last month, after months of stalling by the employer, the team negotiating for the workers on their first contract applied to the ALRB to have bargaining go to arbitration.

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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