21 Nov 18 U of L Bargaining Update

21 Nov 18 U of L Bargaining Update

Bargaining Resumes with Mediation

Following our successful and energizing Nov. 7 rally, your bargaining committee resumed negotiations with the employer on November 15 and 16 with the assistance of mediator Rick Wilson.

While both parties agree on a number of issues in principle, such as improved contracting out and layoff & recall language, we made little progress. The employer refuses to budge on wages and other monetary items.

Negotiations are stalled on the following big issues:

  • Maternity leave top up for employees of 90+ days
  • Bringing vacation accrual periods in line with the Government of Alberta contract
  • Significant increases over time to your health and wellness spending account

The employer responded with an offer that included no change to maternity leave top up and unsatisfactory improvements to vacation accrual and your health and wellness spending account. Your bargaining committee recognizes just how important these issues are to you and your fellow workers, and as a result did not accept this offer.

Bargaining Meeting for Members

We will be organizing a bargaining meeting for all members on November 27. This will be an important opportunity to share your feedback and give your bargaining committee direction on how to move forward. We will be sharing more details about the meeting as they develop.

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.