Extendicare workers ratify contract

Union members at eight Extendicare seniors care facilities, including in Red Deer, have ratified settlement recommendations made by a government-imposed Disputes Inquiry Board in September.

Union members at eight Extendicare seniors care facilities, including in Red Deer, have ratified settlement recommendations made by a government-imposed Disputes Inquiry Board in September.

Human Services Minister Dave Hancock handed down a Disputes Inquiry Board on July 5 ,just hours after the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) served strike notice when the employer backed out of mediation on July 4.

“The inquiry report addressed a number of the key issues that our people were looking for in moving their contract towards what they believe is the provincial standard that Alberta Health Services pays and funds people like Extendicare, and that was critical,” AUPE negotiator Kevin Davediuk said on Friday.

The agreement affects 1,200 AUPE members who work as licensed practical nurses, health care aides and general support staff in Red Deer, Edmonton, Calgary, Lethbridge, Athabasca and Mayerthorpe.

The two-year contract gives employees a minimum three per cent salary increase per year.

During bargaining for a three-year contract, Extendicare had offered a zero increase in the first year, one per cent in the second and two per cent in the third.

Davediuk said the report also ruled in the union’s favour to maintain the 120-day sick leave plan. Extendicare wanted it reduced to 14 days.

He said the plan gives full-time employees approximately 18 sick days a year and allows them to eventually bank up to 120 unused days to be used in lieu of a short-term disability plan.

“It’s like a sick-time banking system that keeps rolling forward. But if you get sick or need to use some of the days, the bank goes down. It takes numerous years before you get to 120 days.

“A lot of health-care contracts don’t have provisions for short-term disability,” Davediuk said.

Pay for main holidays were also maintained with some improvements for part-time staff.

Votes were held at each of the eight Extendicare worksites between Oct. 3 and 16. Red Deer members voted on Oct. 4.

Davediuk said there was a very strong turnout and the contract received a strong majority vote.

Extendicare ratified the recommendations on Oct. 2.

Just Posted

Stolen vehicle and gun seized in Blackfalds

Blackfalds man to appear in court

Winter storm brings snow, rain, wind and cold to Eastern, Central Canada

A powerful winter storm that brought heavy rain and snow to much… Continue reading

250 passengers stranded aboard airplane in frigid Labrador for 16 hours

HAPPY VALLEY-GOOSE BAY, N.L. — An end is finally in sight for… Continue reading

Red Deer church donates to Safe Harbour

It was all about helping those in need at Safe Harbour in… Continue reading

Former firefighter with PTSD sues Syncrude over suspended benefits, dismissal

CALGARY — A lawsuit filed by a former firefighter and paramedic against… Continue reading

Students seen mocking Native Americans could face expulsion

One 11-minute video of the confrontation shows the Haka dance and students loudly chanting

Curtain rising Sunday night on total lunar eclipse

CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. — The celestial curtain will be rising soon on… Continue reading

At 30-day mark, shutdown logjam remains over border funding

WASHINGTON — Thirty days into the partial government shutdown, Democrats and Republicans… Continue reading

Holocaust victims buried after remains found in UK museum

LONDON — The remains of six unidentified Holocaust victims were buried in… Continue reading

Giuliani: ‘So what’ if Trump and Cohen discussed testimony

WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump’s lawyer Rudy Giuliani left open Sunday the… Continue reading

Photos: Rocks fly at 37th Annual Oilmen’s Bonspiel

Twenty-nine teams gathered at the Pidherney Curling Centre in Red Deer for… Continue reading

Death toll reaches 79 in Mexico fuel pipeline fire horror

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — People in the town where a gasoline explosion killed… Continue reading

With Trump out, Davos chief eyes fixing world architecture

DAVOS, Switzerland — The founder of the World Economic Forum says U.S.… Continue reading

Mexican pipeline explosion kills 71, leaves nightmare of ash

TLAHUELILPAN, Mexico — Gerardo Perez returned Saturday to the scorched field in… Continue reading

Most Read