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Citadel Care Centre Employees Leave CLAC For The Steelworkers

The United Steelworkers have added 149 new members in Alberta as employees at the Citadel Care Centre have voted to leave CLAC and join the USW.

Located in St. Albert, the Citadel Care Centre provides continuing care services to seniors. These new members of the United Steelworkers work as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNS), Health Care Aides (HCAS) and in General Support Services.

The organizing campaign began towards the end of April and workers quickly began signing cards. Despite a campaign of misinformation by CLAC, the leadership of a strong and committed inside committee led the way. Indeed, it was the strength and unity of the inside committee that made the difference.

"Our inside committee made this happen. They understood how important it is to stay united. They never waivered and neither did the workers," said Jeff Kallichuk, USW Staff Representative in Edmonton.

On June 11, a vote was held and 65% of the employees voted to join the United Steelworkers.

"These workers knew that joining the United Steelworkers means having strong representation at work. They were familiar with our record of representing workers at similar facilities at Youville Home in St. Albert and Rivercrest Home in Fort Saskatchewan. They had seen very little of the CLAC representative at their worksite. CLAC did nothing for these workers," said Ray White, President of USW Local 1-207.

USW District 3 Director Stephen Hunt congratulated the workers on becoming Steelworkers.

"We're proud to welcome these workers as the newest members of the United Steelworkers in District 3," said Hunt. "The courage they displayed by sticking together and standing up for their right to join a union is a powerful reminder to all of us of the true meaning of solidarity."

"Organizing is the lifeblood of our union. We are committed to continuing our efforts to offer workers throughout western Canada the opportunity to join the United Steelworkers and stand together to build a better future for themselves and their families," said Hunt.

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Brad West,  USW Communications
604-683-1117, bwest@usw.ca

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