Health care workers remain with their union during appeal
EDMONTON – The Alberta Labour Relations Board has accepted an application from the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) to continue to represent its members working for Alberta Health Services.
The decision follows last month’s ruling in which the board held that 2,500 paramedics and support workers be placed in other unions as a result of the creation of one province wide health care region. CUPE is appealing that decision on constitutional grounds.
CUPE Alberta President Dennis Mol said he was pleased with the ruling.
“This gives us a chance to make our case to the courts,” said Mol. “Most of the CUPE members affected do not want to be forced into other unions. There is no need for it, and the rights of health care workers to choose their own representatives is at stake.”