Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Cold Lake Points West Living Lock-Out----Post # 3 --We have concluded it would be beneficial to secure the services of a contract provider to deliver Care Services on an ongoing basis ---A Notice of Termination is provided to affected staff of Points West Living Cold Lake Inc. Enclosed is a sample of the Notice to Terminate. Yours truly, Doug Mills, CEO. POINTS WEST LIVING COLD LAKE INC

Julie Ali
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The letter sent by Points West Living CEO -Doug Mills, is calm, rational and totally without sensitivity for the affected staff, residents and citizens of Alberta. He decides that the company that is funded by the citizens of Alberta should be serviced by an alternate delivery model. As a business that is in the private sector he is perfectly able to decide how he wants to service his customers. But on the other hand, his customers and their families might have something to say about his delivery model.
Why didn't the CEO come to the level of the workers and meet with them to iron out the differences? Why did the CEO make a deal with another facility and not this one? Could it be the open discussion of the care issues raised by the workers at Cold Lake made the image of Points West Living less than pristine for the public? Could this decision to provide an alternative delivery model for customers at this facility --be based entirely on the activism of the workers and the consequent bad press for the company?
In any case, the CEO and this company like all the organizations who operate in the continuing care system should be sensitive to the fact that they aren't the only ones involved in decision making. While companies can do what they want, so can governments. And governments work for us-the people of Alberta. When we-the people of Alberta see this bad faith bargaining, this retribution mass firing and the failure of the CEO to actually try to resolve the problem --then we wonder why would we have our money fund this corporation? Why bother?
Why not instead fund public facilities where we know where the money goes and where we are in control of the way we conduct business? The continuing care system isn't a sealed box. It belongs to us. We pay for it and we are --indirectly the employers of this CEO. Mr. Doug Mills, you need to resolve this retribution incident in a fair way. And if you won't do it, the GOA needs to do it. STAT.

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AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees
We've been made aware that Points West Living plans to provide a Notice of Termination to the workers they locked out in Cold Lake 163 days ago. We are deeply concerned about this cowardly move and are currently discussing a range of options. Everyone in the #AUPE family stands strong with these workers, who put everything on the line for the betterment of the residents they care for.
 LATEST #ColdLakeLockout UPDATE: http://bit.ly/2scc7x4
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Cassandra Black Alberta doesn't want more of your care centres if you continue to operate with extremely unsafe staff to patient ratios and your bottom line is money not people

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May 26 at 9:39am
Laurel Jackson This corporation should not receive funding from any level of government. It is so unfortunate that health care has become for profit in Alberta.

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May 26 at 9:45am
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Sadly, private operators like PWL Inc. receive millions of taxpayer dollars to build and operate seniors care facilities in this province.
Ric Romick The Profit Motive has no place in Health Care, Education, or Child Services !

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May 26 at 9:52am
Josie Herrmann Unbelievable 😡

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May 26 at 9:54am
Evelyn Hancock Berkshire It seems very unfair time for the government to stop all this, it has gone on too long.

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May 26 at 10:08am
Pam Horne We need to kick these corporations out.

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May 26 at 10:24am
Guy Quenneville Shame !!!! Unbelievable considering the three sticking points was Education, Staffing, and Scheduling. All this from a company that brags about going from 100 million to 500 million in profit in five years!

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May 26 at 10:50amEdited
Kathy Bandmann This is just wrong!! The government needs to step in right now. Stop giving this owner funding!! Put seniors first and respect the people who cared for them and just wanted what was right!!!

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May 26 at 11:44am
Aaron Townsend Where's the accountability for all of the non-compliance. The government let this go on for months and months and now wants to replace everyone and bring in private contractors? Are you kidding?

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May 26 at 1:15pm
Julie Ali The NDP folks sure are like the PCs we just replaced. Why aren't the NDP folks we hired stepping into this labour dispute? I guess because the NDP folks like the PC folks aren't interested in the seniors in the continuing care system and are only interested in letting the private sector do business as they see fit.
Sean Sommerfeld This goes completely against the values of the NDP. Why are they allowing this to happen?

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May 26 at 1:16pm
Julie Ali We have been asking these questions for the past two years. Where have you all been? Did you believe that the Health Minister gave a darn for the seniors? We've been waiting for action for ages and there has been none. What there has been has been super spin as in the case of the Lacombe long term care non-compliances. This facility is run by AHS. There are four years of accommodation non-compliances that have been tolerated by both the PCs and the NDPCs. We didn't know about the CCHSS non-compliances until the Wildrose folks told us. Where was the Health Minister in this mess? Who knows? The nursing students had to do the work of the auditing teams at Alberta Health and AHS that we pay for. Shameful. Hard to believe that I voted NDP for this junk to keep happening: http://www.wildrosecaucus.ca/.../2017/05/Doc1RDCTD-2.pdf
Julian Power What's that you say? Proposed changes to the labour code for first contract arbitration? Fire everyone!

What jerks.

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May 26 at 3:17pm
Zoanne Tarrant All I can say is wtf!!!!

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May 26 at 7:24pm
Brenda Campbell I am sickened by this move. What will it take.
Julie Ali Political action.

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Raminder Gill This isn't shocking at all. Our government that we the working class elected is standing us in the back. Shame on ndp for letting this go on for so long and giving funding to these type of fraudulent companies. They should be banned in Alberta. At the end our most vulnerable seniors suffer at the hands of untrained workers.

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May 26 at 8:51pm
Julie Ali Yup. You got it. The NDP folks just work for the party and themselves. Why else did the Notley hand over $235 million to big oil for an orphan well program that they are supposed to pay for themselves? Why did the $30 million given to us by Team Trudeau end up as the payment for the interest charges on this "loan". What are we? Stupid. You betcha. This loan will never be paid back. At least the PCs only gave $30 million to the orphan well program in the days of Stelmach. This crew is something else. Meanwhile where are they when we ask for more money for continuing care, better staff:resident ratios and penalties for ongoing non-compliances? Nowhere to be found.

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May 30 at 10:00pm
Dorinda Ainscough Cameron Westhead
Theo Mendoza NDP useless

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May 26 at 9:42pm
Dave Winter Id say the union is the useless ones here

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May 27 at 8:36am
Willow La Croix The union is a far cry from useless! It is our union that is fighting for the best interests of all involved.
Pam Horne the Con's are the ones that set up the labor laws....the NDP are changing the laws.....
Julie Ali Worse than useless. Deliberately failing us. The people who voted them to power. Complete betrayal.
Julie Ali Pam Horne And what are these changed laws doing for these fired folks? Nothing. The NDP folks in power talk a good talk but the elite get what they want; citizens get junk.
Julie Ali Dave Winter I'd say the government is useless--they aren't doing a thing for the people. At least AUPE is raising media attention. In Alberta this is what it takes to get the GOA and our politicians to do their jobs.

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Ida Lofstrand Horrible

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May 26 at 11:32pm
Wanda Wiger So proud of the people who are finally making a stand for change what can we do to aide in the cowardly move is there a petition or some other means of fighting this?

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May 27 at 1:02am
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Hi Wanda, AUPE is looking at a range of possible responses to this cowardly move by PWL Inc. Stay tuned!

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May 27 at 3:44pm
Pauline Allsop I am not in a Union....but I really wish I had been....because I know what it feels like to be out of a job that was terminated for no logical reason ...still sad over it right now and I don't know where to turn as I am just one person. There has been No communication on the employer side.....they have not spoken about anything.....and I am a 10 year employee. .Tim Hortons is the company.....

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May 27 at 6:02am
Linda Feland-Swityk Go to the labour board or even go public to the CBC
Linda Corbett Is it possible to take this company to court?
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Linda, AUPE is currently looking at a range of options in response to this cowardly move by PWL Inc. Stay tuned!

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May 27 at 3:41pm
Linda Corbett I will for sure..thanks for the update

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May 27 at 3:42pm
Dave Feland Please be as transparent as you can on this... ultimately the public is their customer, and they need to know what's going on there.

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May 28 at 1:36am
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Linda and Dave,

AUPE has filed a complaint with the Alberta Labour Relations Board Friday, asserting the move is illegal. We are requesting an injunction to stop the contracting out.
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May 29 at 12:52pm
Linda Corbett Awesome!! Good luck brothers and sisters!!

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May 29 at 12:59pm
Dave Feland Thanks for that update!

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May 29 at 1:12pm
Julie Ali Dave Feland Put it out for social media and bloggers. #SocialMediaChangesEverything
Julie Ali Dave Feland Ultimately the citizen of Alberta are the employers of all these folks. We pay for their profits and so we are their bosses. This is also true of the politicians we hired; don't listen to us and out you all will go.

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Mary Rideout Good God if that's what you do it just proves 100 per cent that you only worry about money and 100 per cent you don't care for the elderly and sick that your suppose to care about! You need the caregivers that really care and you are about to lose them come on government get off your asses and do something about this company and its big wigs. Stand up for the people who voted yous in!

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May 27 at 12:44pm
Elna Strain I agree... what the hell is wrong with our Government... ???
Julie Ali Elna Strain The PCs and the NDPCs don't care about seniors. They only care about getting back into power in the next election which is not going to happen. Voters like myself who voted for them for change in continuing care will vote anything but NDP in the next election.
Aida Varela 😥😡

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May 27 at 5:47pm
Crystal Worth Disgusting. Totally disappointed in this.
Candice St.Clair The letterhead alone infuriates me, "Building person-centred communities". Which persons are they centred on?

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May 28 at 11:24am
Willow La Croix I love that you caught that too!
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Thanks for the messages of solidarity and support! Workers continue to picket at the facility every day. 

On Friday AUPE filed a complaint with the Alberta Labour Relations Board asserting the move is illegal. AUPE is also requesting an injunction to stop the contracting out. Here's the latest: http://bit.ly/2rPcmkq #coldlakelockout

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May 29 at 1:00pm
Trevor Simons The unions are the real reason the province is going broke.

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May 29 at 6:41pm
Ida Lofstrand That's BS and you know it . The majority of wasted money is by politicians. Also, when cuts were made in health care, they cut the staff on the front line . The " higher" administration people sure didn't get cut or have wage cuts , in fact lots got raises . It's still happening.

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May 30 at 4:24am
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Trevor, suggesting that this dispute is about wages is simply not based on facts. These unionized workers are fighting an Ontario-based company for safe, quality care -- something we hope you agree Alberta seniors deserve in their golden years.

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May 30 at 9:45am
Trevor Simons any union job I ever worked on I got into trouble because I worked hard and the other guys got mad because I made them look bad. My point is people in unions don't want to work and that is what pisses me off. I am retired now, but if I had my life to live over I would never work a union job because there is too much socialist bs. So get stuffed

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May 30 at 8:46pm
Julie Ali While it is true that some union workers do not work there are many hard working union workers who are slaving away in continuing care with very little in compensation while the executive staff at these organizations make big bucks. We're paying for these big bucks. How much money gets to residents and workers? We can't find out because government tells me that this is "proprietary" information. What utter rot. This is our public dollars. Why can't we know how much money is used on our families?

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May 30 at 10:05pm
Jaime Ann Shearer How is this ,"Building Person Centred Communities?"Fantastic mission statement

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May 30 at 11:54am
Julie Ali I guess this is building person centred communities for the shareholders and the executive staff at this corporation.

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Shane Petersen I think this is where the people of Cold Lake need to stand with these employees and tell Points West that terminating these people is not acceptable and start pulling their loved ones out of the facility.....can't get money if there is no patients......I feel so bad for you guys, I really hope you triumph over this act of cowardess

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May 30 at 12:12pm
Julie Ali The people of Cold Lake need to do what the people of Sundre did which was raise a fuss:http://www.friendsofmedicare.org/wodak_sundre

Carol is a valuable resource on issues and…
FRIENDSOFMEDICARE.ORG

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May 30 at 10:06pmEdited
AUPE - Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Thanks for the comments Shane and Julie! We agree that communities rallying around these issues are very effective.

Here are some of the statements made by Cold Lake residents so far: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCYLCBRftkPAI25GUpVFZuRg

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June 1 at 4:59pmEdited
Alyson DaPonte Let's hope Mr Doug Mills sleeps well at night knowing the devestation he has caused to our seniors. And mostly the dedicated workers that put their own lives on hold to fight for the betterment of their residents.
Julie Ali The CEO has no interest in the citizens; his loyalty is to the shareholders and the company. This is a good reason why we should not have private care if they cannot show us the money trail and can't be held accountable to us. The problem of poor performance, no accountability and lack of transparency is not restricted to private companies; it is also present in public facilities. The entire continuing care system is ripe for change and it will not happen because residents have no rights or voice in our society. Also families are afraid to speak due to retribution. The Cold Lake workers have faced retribution of the job termination sort. Families face retribution in terms of evictions of residents, banning of family members and lawsuits. It's a big problem and no statistics are kept (conveniently) so we don't know the extent of the problem. Cease and desist letters are sent to families who yap in public and this sort of junk is an anti-democratic business that needs to end. We have every right as citizens of a democracy to speak of issues of public interest in the media. Why do they want to silence families? I guess to maintain the fiction that everything is well in the continuing care system. Everything is not well in the continuing care system as pointed out by the Cold Lake workers who were fired.

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Carrie-Lynn Rusznak The issue that turns my stomach the most about this absolutely disgusting letter is that Doug Mills has the nerve to sign it 'Yours Truly'....what a jerk😡😡😡

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Julie Ali CEOs are salesmen; sometimes they are not good salesmen. Other times it appears they don't seem to care about the court of public opinion.

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