What’s This All About Anyway?
Points West Living (PWL) is one of the fastest growing and most profitable seniors care providers in Alberta, but workers and residents alike at their facilities have serious concerns about how the company prioritizes profits over providing quality care in a respectful living and working environment.
Over 160 PWL employees have already voted to join the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees so that they can be empowered to demand some accountability from their employer by forming a union and insisting on respectful treatment of both workers and residents alike. (Not a member yet? Click here for information on joining AUPE).
AUPE members at four PWL sites have been negotiating with their employer for a fair contract that respects the value of their work and addresses their concerns about the quality of care for the residents they serve.
Workers at the PWL Cold Lake facility want concrete solutions on issues such as short-staffing, arbitrary scheduling and concerns about training. But instead of negotiating respectfully, PWL locked them out beginning on Dec. 16. Despite the hardships they face in the cold of the picket line, these workers remain motivated by their vision of quality seniors care provided in an environment of respectful working and living conditions for workers and residents.
Their resolve has shone a light on the many problems at PWL facilities as well as exposing the deeper crisis in Alberta’s seniors care system. The outcome of their struggle will certainly impact the negotiations for both first contracts at the Stettler and Slave Lake sites as well as the re-negotiations at Century Park and Heritage House. Their determination could also help raise standards for many more seniors care workers across the province.
As such, it is important that you support their struggle as much you can.
What can you do?
Contact PWL and government representatives to let them know you stand united with the Cold Lake workers. Click here to send a message.
Keep in touch! If you can visit the Cold Lake picket line, it would mean a lot to these workers and they are grateful for the support they have already received. You can also keep in touch by sharing messages of support and signing up to receive updates.