AUPE Wildcat Strike
This morning, October 26, 2020, some members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) walked off the job, undertaking a “wildcat” strike.
This is a result of the Kenney government undertaking massive changes to Alberta Health Services (AHS) without proper consultation and without a willingness to compromise. Ministers Shandro and Toews are approaching our healthcare workers in bad faith. They're behavior has made job action inevitable.
At the same time, they are constrained by the failure of the previous NDP government. It made far-reaching promises and didn't deliver on properly reforming and re-imagining AHS. Fundamentally this is a needless conflict, not over policy, but trust.
Alberta is in a fiscal crisis. Healthcare costs need to be contained, and greater efficiency is needed. However, patient health and workers rights cannot be compromised. Our government needs to get to the bargaining table in good faith to find solutions to our problems that serve patients, workers, and taxpayers.
The Alberta Party policy on health care is varied, and nuanced.
What is most important, and how we would prevent labour strike like this, is built into our Party’s core values.
Those values include “The Alberta Party will include health care providers in the conversation to improve healthcare outcomes and efficiency.” This core belief is why the Alberta Party provides a better way to do politics.