06/28/2013 07:39 EDT | Updated 08/28/2013 05:12 EDT

Extendicare Seniors Care Workers In Long-Term Homes Vote To Strike


EDMONTON - Unionized workers who care for Alberta seniors in privately run long-term care homes have overwhelmingly voted for strike action.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees says strike votes were held at eight Extendicare sites across the province and the vote was 90 per cent or higher.

Extendicare operates two homes in Edmonton, two in Calgary, and one each in Mayerthorpe, Red Deer, and Lethbridge and employ 1,200 workers.

AUPE says there are about 1,000 beds in those homes.

The union and employer will meet with the mediator July 5 in Edmonton.

If there’s no resolution on July 5, the union says it will plan its next steps and if members decide to strike, 72 hours notice will be given.

The union says some of the issues are cuts to pay and reductions in sick time.

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