News and Updates
- Feb. 15: AUPE echoes family concerns following death of Points West Living resident
- Feb. 6: Solidarity Rally
- Feb. 3: Points West Living evades locked out workers, but rally will go ahead
- Feb. 2: Locked out Points West Living workers and supporters to rally in Edmonton
- Jan. 31: Cold Lake seniors care film screening and discussion
- Jan. 17: First Nations drummers to perform today and Points West Living Cold Lake picket line
- Jan. 16: AUPE calls on NDP to disclose details of taxpayer funding to Points West Living
- Jan. 4: Member update
- Dec. 20: AUPE calls on Points West Living to negotiate with locked-out Cold Lake workers
- Dec. 20: Who to call if the Points West Living Cold Lake lockout is affecting your care
- Dec. 16: Points West Living Cold Lake seniors care workers locked out
- Dec. 13: Points West Living will lock out Cold Lake seniors care workers Friday
- Nov. 4: Bargaining update
- Oct. 20: Points West Living Slave Lake seniors care workers vote to join AUPE
- Sept. 29: Points West Living Cold Lake rally
- Sept. 29: Government intervention creates chaotic situation at Cold Lake seniors care facility
- Sept 26: Points West Living locks out Cold Lake seniors care workers
- Sept. 26: Cold Lake seniors care workers set to strike on Friday
- Sept. 23: Cold Lake seniors care workers vote to go on strike
- Sept. 21: Cold Lake seniors care workers to hold strike vote
- PWL Probe Volume 2 – July 2016
- May 13: Stettler Points West Living seniors care workers vote to join AUPE
- May 12: Rally urging Points West Living to put people before profits Thursday
- April 12: Points West Living Cold Lake rally
- PWL Probe Volume 1 – March 2016
- Nov. 30: Information picket at Vegreville seniors care centre to highlight staff concerns
- Nov. 24: Vegreville Points West Living info picket Dec. 1
- Nov. 5: Points West Living Cold Lake information picket
- Nov. 4: Information picket at Cold Lake seniors care centre to highlight concerns
- Oct. 30: Information picket at Cold Lake Points West Living November 5 at noon
- Oct. 15: Information picket at Points West Living Century Park in Vegreville
- Mar. 24: AUPE welcomes Points West Living Cold Lake seniors care workers
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Did You Know?
Points West Living (PWL) is one of the most profitable and fastest growing for-profit seniors providers operating in Alberta. They receive millions in taxpayer funding, but retain a portion as profit and refuse to publicly disclose how they are using this money.
AUPE represents over 160 PWL employees at four facilities who have been bargaining with their employer for a fair contract, in some cases for over a year. Instead of negotiating respectfully, the company locked out its employees at its Cold Lake facility on Dec. 16, 2016.
After a sale in 2015 valued at approximately $100 million, all PWL sites are owned by the same Ontario-based company. In the year before the sale, PWL profits increased 46 per cent, rising from $864,593 to $1,262,636. The company expects to increase its value to $500 million over the next three to five years.
PWL’s CEO Doug Mills, Vice-President of Operations George Rath and Vice-President of Human Resources and Administration Paul Melanson each own an 8.3 per cent share in Points West Inc. profits in addition to their regular salaries and additional compensation. In 2015, these bonuses were set at $175,000 for Rath and Melanson and $250,000 for Mills.
Between 2008 and 2013, PWL received more than $32 million dollars of public funding to build six facilities, as well as operating funding of $25,000-$65,500/per bed and additional funding for medical equipment and facility upgrades.
The majority of Points West Living staff work on a part-time or casual basis, making wages well below industry standards. A low-wage, casual approach to staffing hurts the quality of care for residents, because poor staff retention prevents long-term relationships between seniors and their caregivers from flourishing.