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THORHILD A small group of nursing home attendants in Alberta will pressure municipal politicians on their employers board of directors in a bid to negotiate a first contract.

The 18 CUPE members at Newthorad Seniors Lodge in Thorhild, have been trying for more than 12 months to get a first collective agreement. This week they voted 75 per cent for job action.

Patti Stevenot, an employee of Newthorad, said the key issues were seniority and job posting rights. Stevenot said employees are asking that if layoffs occur, they are done in reverse order of seniority.

This is about respecting employees who have put in a lot of time for the residents, said Stevenot. Someone with 10 or 15 years of service shouldnt be laid off first.

CUPE Alberta President Bruce McLeod said the union would be launching an ad campaign aimed at Newthorad Board members Vivian Prodaniuk and Kevin Grumetza. Prodaniuk is the Mayor of Thorhild and Grumetza is a County Councillor.