Alberta wildcat strike tracker

Thousands of healthcare workers across Alberta walked off the job today in a wildcat strike. This action by workers follows attacks on Alberta's public health care system by Jason Kenney's United Conservative Party that seeks to cut, outsource and privatize many of these critical workers' jobs. 

Earlier in October Health Minister Tyler Shandro announced his government would slash 11,000 healthcare jobs in labs, feed service and preparation, laundry and more. 

A big chunk of the workers participating in the strike are janitorial workers, laundry staff, orderlies, porters, clerical staff, maintenance workers as well as licensed practical nurses and health care aides. 

“Anger has been building among members for months,” says Guy Smith, president of the (AUPE). “The recent announcement by Health Minister Tyler Shandro of 11,000 jobs being cut in the middle of a global deadly pandemic was the last straw for them.” The Alberta Union of Public Employees (AUPE) represents more than 90,000 workers with 58,000 of them in health care. 

“Nursing-care and support workers decided today that there was no other option but to fight to protect Albertans at risk, especially during the deadliest pandemic in a century. By constantly short-staffing public health care, this government is pushing our members to the breaking point exactly when Albertans need them most,” said Smith. 

“Across this province, working people are rising up against Jason Kenney’s job-killing policies and are joining the fight in solidarity. This was a decision taken by the members themselves. AUPE is a democratic union and we respect the wishes of our members.”

Guy Smith, president of the AUPE, addresses the media outside of the Royal Alexandra Hospital.

Guy Smith, president of the AUPE, addresses the media outside of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton.

Hundreds, if not thousands, of healthcare workers in 35 different cities and towns in at at least 50 separate wildcat strikes. 

The Progress Report has received credible reports of wildcat strikes in these locations:


  1. South Health Campus, Calgary 
  2. Foothills Hospital, Calgary
  3. Peter Lougheed Hospital, Calgary
  4. Rockyview General Hospital, Calgary 
  5. Sheldon Chumir Health Centre, Calgary 
  6. Alberta Children's Hospital, Calgary
  7. Royal Alexandra Hospital, Edmonton
  8. Glenrose Rehabilitation Hospital, Edmonton
  9. Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
  10. University of Alberta Hospital, Edmonton
  11. Food Service Centre, Edmonton
  12. Northeast Community Health Centre, Edmonton
  13. Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre, Red Deer
  14. Westlock Healthcare Centre, Westlock
  15. Athabasca Healthcare Centre, Athabasca
  16. Lethbridge Home Care, Lethbridge
  17. Whitecourt Healthcare Centre, Whitecourt 
  18. Cold Lake Healthcare Centre, Cold Lake
  19. Leduc Community Hospital, Leduc
  20. WestView Health Centre, Stony Plain
  21. Fort Saskatchewan Community Hospital, Fort Saskatchewan 
  22. High Prairie Health Complex, High Prairie
  23. Slave Lake Healthcare Centre, Slave Lake 
  24. Northwest Health Centre, High Level 
  25. Claresholm General Hospital, Claresholm
  26. Claresholm Centre for Mental Health & Addictions, Claresholm
  27. Wetaskiwin Hospital and Care Centre, Wetaskiwin
  28. Okotoks Home Care, Okotoks
  29. Edmonton Remand Centre, Edmonton
  30. Evansburg Health Centre, Evansburg
  31. Strathcona Community Hospital, Sherwood Park
  32. Chinook Regional Hospital, Lethbridge
  33. Canmore General Hospital, Canmore
  34. Queen Elizabeth II Hospital, Grande Prairie
  35. Cardston Health Centre, Cardston
  36. Ponoka Hospital and Care Centre, Ponoka
  37. Centennial Centre for Mental Health and Brain Injury, Ponoka
  38. Drumheller Health Centre, Drumheller
  39. Peace River Community Health Centre, Peace River
  40. Lamont Health Care Centre, Lamont
  41. George McDougall Smoky Lake Health Care Centre, Smoky Lake
  42. St. Therese St. Paul Healthcare Centre, St. Paul
  43. Boyle Healthcare Centre, Boyle
  44. Elk Point Healthcare Centre, Elk Point
  45. Strathmore District Health Services, Strathmore
  46. Northern Lights Regional Health Centre, Fort McMurray
  47. Devon General Hospital, Devon
  48. Claresholm Health Unit & Home Care, Claresholm
  49. Willow Creek Continuing Care Centre, Claresholm
  50. William J. Cadzow Healthcare Centre, Lac La Biche
  51. Rimbey Hospital and Care Centre, Rimbey

Update: Local chairs voted to end the wildcat strike the night of October 26, 2020.