Union ends Edmonton Remand Centre strike after two days of court fines

EDMONTON – An illegal strike by guards at correctional facilities across Alberta is over.

The Alberta Union of Public Employees says workers will return to their jobs tomorrow.

The union has issued a news release saying an agreement was reached with the Alberta government to end the strike which began last Friday at Edmonton’s new Remand Centre.

Union officials say the deal includes an occupational health and safety review to investigate concerns that have been raised about the remand centre.

It says the deal also means there will be no retribution for individual workers who have been involved with the strike.

A Court of Queen’s Bench justice fined the union $100,000 Monday night for the illegal strike, and that penalty increased to $350,000 when the guards didn’t return to work by noon Tuesday.