Comments are welcome while open. Visit our Community Guidelines for more information and details on how to adjust your email settings. The Health Sciences Association of Alberta, which represents 27,000 health-care professionals, and the United Nurses of Alberta had said in separate statements that their members wouldn’t do the work of other union members. Very clearly, the UCP is first of all criminalizing workers who take a stand in opposition to their policies, and then trying to choke off the financial resources needed to fight back. and we do not have any major foundation, sponsor or angel investor. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents the workers, said  its members would return to work Tuesday. "Jason Kenney's proposal to privatize the work of 11,000 front-line health care workers in the middle of a pandemic will absolutely result in poorer quality health care for Albertans," Leader Rachel Notley said in a statement. We deserve to have a little bit extra savings and we don't have nothing, nothing. When our solidarity is under attack, we fight back – more united than ever, in defence of public services, our communities and the causes that unite us. Arguments at the hearing centred around how big the walkout actually was and whether the AUPE was involved as an organization and could be held accountable. If you don't see it please check your junk folder. Workers went on strike at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, the University of Alberta Hospital, Glenrose Hospital and Alberta Hospital in Edmonton, Foothills Hospital, South Health Campus and Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary, Red Deer Regional Hospital, and in Athabasca, Westlock, Lethbridge, Whitecourt, Cold Lake, Peace River, Leduc, Westview and Fort Saskatchewan. Unauthorized distribution, transmission or republication strictly prohibited. We have enabled email notifications—you will now receive an email if you receive a reply to your comment, there is an update to a comment thread you follow or if a user you follow comments. The orders from the board will be filed with the Court of Queen’s Bench, meaning anyone who breaks them could face civil or criminal penalties. Alberta Health Services may view it differently but we'll deal with that when it comes. "In the vast majority of cases, positions will remain, although they may move from the public sector to the private sector. And I don't think that's fair of Kenney trying to do that to us. We reserve the right to close comments at any time. The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), which represents the workers, has been ordered to notify the employees of the ruling. Support in its summer fundraiser today for as little as $5 per month! Yes, we've got court action, but as we all know, that's going to take a number of years. AHS said it had reached out to staff to ask them to return to work. "AHS is responding quickly to illegal strike action by [AUPE] staff at various sites across the province," the statement said. "The majority of us are already living paycheck to paycheck, barely making ends meet. But [the UCP] will use every tool in their box to try and crush that dissent.

"AUPE members won support from across Alberta for their heroic stand, and proved once and for all that health-care staff is more than doctors and nurses," said the union's statement Monday night. Quite honestly apart from a very aggressive and ideologically driven government that's using the power of the state to really impact worker's rights, the pandemic has also been an issue. Bill 32 has nothing to do with restoring balance in Alberta's workplaces. The Alberta Labour Relations Board issued a decision around 9 p.m. following an application from Alberta Health Services. By submitting a comment, you accept that CBC has the right to reproduce and publish that comment in whole or in part, in any manner CBC chooses. AUPE is in the middle of contract negotiations on behalf of its members employed by the province. “We’re fighting for our livelihood. Ed Kaiser/Postmedia. The wildcat strike comes amid the threat of massive cuts in health care, detailed by Alberta Health Minister Tyler Shandro at a news conference earlier this month. The following has been edited for clarity and length. Waving to passing motorists, health-care workers walked off the the job outside the Royal Alexandra Hospital joining others at various health care locations across Alberta on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. In the decision released Monday night, the board said the workers must return to work at their scheduled shifts. If passed, the legislation would require union members to opt in to paying any union dues that would be used for "political activities.". ", WATCH | AUPE president Guy Smith joins health-care workers on the picket line in Edmonton. Direct Impact is the official magazine of AUPE. "[The NDP] contracted out 80 per cent of our continuing care beds, they contracted out surgeries to 43 different clinics throughout the province, they contracted laundry out for 68 per cent of the province…We're doing what they did and now they're crying out.". On Monday, the Health Sciences Association of Alberta expressed support for the strike. Those are good and they generate awareness, but at the end of the day, that's not going to force the government to back down. Please try again.

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