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Clifton Manor rally could be prelude AUPE strike

A boisterous rally by Clifton Manor care workers outside their employer's office this morning may be a prelude to a strike.

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has been in contract negotiations for a year

Workers from Clifton Manor rally outside the office of the Brenda Strafford Foundation, which runs the facility. (Colin Hall/CBC)

A boisterous rally by Clifton Manor care workers outside their employer's office this morning may be a prelude to a strike.

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) has been in talks for a year with the Brenda Strafford Foundation, which runs the senior's facility in southeast Calgary.

Strafford Foundation president and CEO Mike Conroy says the employees' demands are unreasonable, given the current state of the economy.

"We receive funding, government funding, and that's basically been frozen," he said. "So you can't expect to have double-digit increases in an environment of frozen funding."

The union said the foundation hasn't budged from its proposal of a wage freeze until 2018, alongside other rollbacks.

A strike vote will be held over the course of three days starting on June 2 if there's no movement at the bargaining table.

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