AUPE workers rally over Extendicare offer

A rally will take place in Red Deer on Thursday to show union solidarity for workers at senior facilities around the province. Information rallies will be held in support of Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members who work at Extendicare worksites around the province.

A rally will take place in Red Deer on Thursday to show union solidarity for workers at senior facilities around the province.

Information rallies will be held in support of Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members who work at Extendicare worksites around the province.

The union is citing ongoing employer delays in bargaining as the reason for the rallies.

The rally at Red Deer will take place at Michener Hill at 12 Michener Blvd. from 2:30 to 3:45 p.m.

AUPE vice-president Karen Weiers said that Extendicare presented staff with an offer of net rollbacks and concessions that go against the industry trend for seniors care in Alberta.

At the same time, the government has forced a five per cent accommodation fee increase on seniors at Extendicare.

“That kind of bargaining drives experienced, caring staff away from the worksite, which means seniors are expected to pay more for less quality care.

“It’s not right,” said Weiers in a press release.

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