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EDMONTON – The Canadian Union of Public Employees will be holding information picket lines in front of a number of Extendicare sites around the province tomorrow.

CUPE Alberta President D’Arcy Lanovaz says the union is putting up the pickets in response to very slow bargaining with the long term care provider. Lanovaz says CUPE is seeking improvements to staffing levels.

Our members are telling us that senior care is being compromised by the number of vacancies at Extendicare,” said Lanovaz. “We are trying to negotiate provisions that will assist in recruiting higher numbers of staff.”

Unfortunately, it seems like Extendicare is more interested in its bottom line than in better resident care.”

Picket lines will go up Wednesday, May 16th at the following locations:

11:00 am – 1:30 pm
Extendicare Bonnyville
4602-47 Avenue
Bonnyville, Alberta

Extendicare St. Paul
4614-47 Avenue
St. Paul, Alberta

4:00 – 6:00 pm
Extendicare Lethbridge
1821-13 Street North
Lethbridge, Alberta

Extendicare Viking
5020-57th Avenue
Viking, Alberta


Contact: D’Arcy Lanovaz, President, CUPE Alberta - 403.861.5235

For more information about CUPE Alberta, visit www.alberta.cupe.ca