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AUPE VP believes wildcat strike a moderate success

Frontline hospital workers with the AUPE walk off the job at the Royal Alexandria Hospital in Edmonton on Oct. 26, 2020. (PHOTO: Courtney Theriault, CityNews)

CALGARY – A vice-president with the Alberta Union Of Provincial Employees (AUPE) believes Monday’s wildcat strike by workers in dozens of locations across Alberta on Monday let the government know they are prepared to take action when necessary.

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The workers, who are mainly food service staff, cleaners, porters, clerical staff, and maintenance employees, walked out to protest looming job cuts from the provincial government.
VP Bobby-Joe Borodey says everyone is now back at work.

“A number of members that were scheduled for night shifts last night actually returned to their scheduled shift. All other members returned to their scheduled shifts this morning.”

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She says she thinks the strike has made Albertans aware that there is more to the healthcare system than just the frontline doctors and nurses.

“Maybe we didn’t reach the goals that we were hoping for, but we let the government know that our members are prepared to take action when necessary.”

The Alberta Labour Relations Board ruled Monday night the strike was illegal and ordered the union members back to work.