EDMONTON – More than 50 elected representatives from 10 Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Locals representing workers in post-secondary education, boards, agencies and municipal governments will gather today for a full-day bargaining strategy session in south Edmonton.
It is the first time in the union’s history these sectors have come together in this type of forum.
The groups have been in drawn-out contract negotiations – some for a year or longer – leading to mounting frustration with employers who are unwilling to meaningfully address improving contract language around key issues.
“These members deserve collective agreements that value the good work they do every day, providing important services to Albertans across the province,” said AUPEPresident Guy Smith.
“From supporting our students, to clearing snow-covered roads and tending to crown land, these workers deserve respectful and honest bargaining from their employers, but instead we’re seeing delay tactics and foot-dragging.
“Our goal with this bargaining summit is to discuss common challenges, especially on similar key issues affecting members such as job security, contracting-out, workload, bullying and harassment, classifications, grievance procedures and more.
“Ultimately, we want to reach agreements at the table. We’re hoping to achieve this by working together and pooling our collective experiences in an effort to move forward and reach reasonable collective agreements,” Smith said.
This bargaining summit falls on the heels of trend-setting contract ratifications that include significant improvements to language for AUPE members working in provincial government services and general support services at Alberta Health Services.