Sunrise Village Drayton Valley joins the AUPE

By Laine Mitchell (Twitter: @Laine_Mitchell)
October 30, 2017 - 9:47am Updated: October 31, 2017 - 11:07am

After holding a vote last week, 27 nursing care and general support staff at Sunrise Village Drayton Valley have decided to become a part of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE).

AUPE Vice President Karen Weires welcomed the new members adding, "Regardless of which sector they come from, Alberta’s workers share a common struggle, and standing up for one group is standing up for all."

Seasons Retirement Communities is the for-profit seniors care company operating Sunrise Village. The employer owns nine other supportive living facilities in Alberta, and AUPE represents 250 members at six of these locations.

Four of them joined the union within the last two months, including one in Ponoka and the other in Lethbridge.

Workers at the Drayton Valley facility are said to be facing the same issues as those at the employers’ other sites, namely staffing and scheduling. 

AUPE is Alberta’s largest union with more than 90,000 members province-wide with more than half of AUPE’s members working in health care. The union represents the majority of unionized private seniors care workers in Alberta.

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