Edmonton care workers on strike already for a hundred days

15 July 2013 - Mark Maffia

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Edmonton care workers on strike already for a hundred days


Negotiations between management and striking workers seem to go nowhere

On Sunday the workers from the Waterford at Summerlea residence reached their hundredth day on the picket line.   It seems, although it is very tough and hard, that they don't have any choice.

Bill Dechant, executive secretary-treasurer of the Union of Provincial Employees said that the union had tried what it could do to avoid the strike, but that since December 2011 the employer had delayed talks until action had become unavoidable. As the employer still shows no sign of giving in, strikers are prepared to continue and, they say, for another hundred days if necessary.

One of the main calls is to make sure employers can benefit from adequate sick leave, which is 10 days per year under the industry standard, but only six days for Chantelle employees.  Also, support staff wages are up to 30 percent below the industry standard.

The striking is frustrating and the workers are longing to get on with their job to help the people who need it.

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