Shame on replacement workers and security at Monterey Place

Shame on replacement workers and security at Monterey Place

Tragedy was avoided again today at Monterey Place seniors care facility in northeast Calgary, but this time the potential victim was an elderly resident with dementia.

The woman wandered down the street after getting past the temporary workers hired to replace the regular staff, who have been locked out of their jobs since June 26 and are picketing the facility. She also got by security guards hired for the duration of the lockout.

When the picketers saw her they alerted the guards, who said it was out of their hands and told them to call 9-1-1. They called police and one of the picketers followed her down the block to keep an eye on her and make sure she was safe.

She was a block away from the facility before a replacement worker caught up with her and escorted the woman back to Monterey Place.

“This was a very serious breach of security,” said Karen Weiers, Vice-President with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents the 90 locked-out workers. “We’re very concerned about the quality of care the residents are receiving while the regular staff are being kept from their jobs.”

Monterey Place’s owner, Calgary-based Triple A Living Communities, locked out its employees in an effort to pressure them into accepting a contract offer that would keep their wages and benefits well below the industry standard.

AUPE Vice-President Glen Scott said, “Clearly it’s time for Triple A to end the lockout and get back to realistic bargaining. Our members care deeply about the residents, but they also have to provide for their own families.

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