12 Sept 18-Local 053 University of Lethbridge Bargaining Update

Local 053 Applies for Mediation

Your bargaining committee has reached an impasse in negotiations and has applied for mediation to seek assistance in securing a fair settlement with the University.

On Sept. 7, your committee received a package from the University that does not value you and the work you do, despite including a contracting out article to replace the current LOU and a letter of understanding on reviewing positions currently excluded from the CBA. The settlement offer from the University was in response to the comprehensive package submitted by your bargaining team during meetings on Aug. 20 and 21.

Outstanding Monetary Items

Regarding your salary, the University has proposed two years of zero percent salary increases for July 1, 2017 and July 1 2018 and a wage re-opener for July 1, 2019. They also proposed a $150 increase to your flexible spending account during the final six months of the proposed 3 year agreement. This would amount to approximately $60,000 in new spending for the University during the proposed 3 year agreement The University indicated they had no interest in dealing with other Union monetary proposals such as vacation improvements.

However, as of last year’s budget, the employer had accumulated a surplus of $206 million, which they claim can not be used to support the needs of the Local 53 membership. The bargaining team feels this is an insult to the hard working front line staff as the University was able to allocate fund to improve the working terms for it’s Administrative Professional Officers.

This is unacceptable. You deserve a collective agreement that reflects the importance of the work you do. Our research shows the University certainly has the ability compensate you fairly, and your bargaining team is committed to making sure that happens.

What’s Next

Your bargaining committee will provide additional details as they develop. We are 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.

Please update your contact information so you don’t miss out on important bargaining updates by visiting: aupe.org/update-me

Tammy Paskuski 403-394-1511 or tammy.pasksuki@uleth.ca
Jacob Cameron 403-795-8294 or jacob.cameron@uleth.ca
Jeff Vucurevich 403-394-8784 or vucurevich@uleth.ca
Michael McKenna 403-327-9663 or mckem0@uleth.ca

Dale Perry, Negotiator d.perry@aupe.org or 1-800-232-7284
Dave Malka, Organizer d.malka@aupe.org or 780-231-1800
Alexander Delorme, Communications a.delorme@aupe.org or 780-930-3333