Lloydminster Contract talks between CUPE 2114 and Pioneer Lodge have broken down. CUPE has applied for mediation.
Fairness is not a lot to ask, said Ron Levesque CUPE national representative. The employer has simply refused to bargain our issues demonstrating a complete lack of respect for these employees. Yet, they are the people ensuring a safe and healthy environment for our parents and grandparents. They are certainly not being treated with the respect they deserve given the important work they do in our community.
The union is seeking wage parity with a seniors lodge in Cold Lake, a premium for weekend shift work, sick leave for part-timers and vacation improvements.
Levesque points out that the Cold Lake facility cares for fewer residents, yet pays their employees about $2.00 an hour more. In addition, our members work unsupervised on weekends effectively filling in for management. We say pay them a premium on weekends for ensuring the running of the lodge when no management staff are on site.
The members of CUPE 2114 waged a three-day strike several years ago in order to win employer contributions for Alberta Health Care premiums. This week they are launching a campaign to raise awareness on the work that they do for the seniors and the community.
CUPE is Canada’s largest union with over half a million women and men who provide public services. In Alberta, CUPEs 31,000 members work in health care, municipalities, schools, colleges, universities, libraries, emergency medical services, social services and casinos. Visit our CUPE websites for more information www.cupe.ca and cupealberta.ab.ca
For further information:
Pam Beattie CUPE Communications
(780) 484-7644 or (780) 288-1230 (cellular)
Ron Levesque, CUPE National Representative