09 April 2019 Alberta University of the Arts (ACAD) Bargaining Update

Bargaining Continues

Your bargaining committee met with your employer, formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design, on April 2 and 3 for some reasonably productive meetings.

Your bargaining committee is proposing a three-year agreement. Like many other agreements throughout the province, it would include 0% wage increases in the first two years and a wage re-opener in the third, with the possibility of interest arbitration should we not agree to a wage adjustment during re-opener negotiations.

Here’s some of the progress we made:

• Improved discrimination and harassment language, allowing for grievances to go to arbitration;
• New: added your right to bank over time work, instead of just taking the pay;
• Amended maternity leave to bring it up to new employment standards;
• Workers can now take ½ a day paid leave to attend the Calgary Stampede at any time during the stampede;
• Two new paid personal leave days;
• The employer has agreed to give your union Chapter Chair 4 hours of paid time off each month for union business;
• A new Letter of Agreement which states the employer will provide free office space for union business;
• We added an Inform first step to the grievance procedure;
• The employer has agreed to allow casual employees into the union;
• The employer has also agreed to pay 80% of recurring part-time workers’ benefit premiums while they are on temporary layoff for up to 4 months;
• Your health and wellness spending account increased to $1000. This increase would back date to January 1, 2019;
• A new Flex Time Article, which would allow for up to 9 days off per year that you can take when you would like, subject to operational requirements;
• Amended the Service Recognition Letter of Understanding to remove the need to be at the top of the pay grid for 1 year;
• A new Contracting-Out Article, which outlines a formal consultation process for proposed contracting-out and replaces the old Notification Process Letter of Understanding;
• The inclusion of students in the Collective Agreement;
• A new Position Abolishment Article;
• Language improvements for dues check off.

Next Steps

We are scheduled to meet with the employer again on Monday, April 15.

Your bargaining committee is dedicated to keeping you informed throughout the entire negotiations process. Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your committee or AUPE resource staff with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.