30 Aug 18-Local 053 University of Lethbridge Bargaining Update

The Employer Stalls Bargaining

Your bargaining committee resumed negotiations with the employer on Aug. 20 and 21.

The employer acknowledged our fellow AUPE members reached a tentative agreement with the Government of Alberta (GOA), but said this would not influence the employer’s position on wages.

Your team suggested the parties use the meeting time wisely and find agreement on what they could before seeking the assistance of a mediator.

The employer was not very cooperative, and so the committee submitted a comprehensive package addressing all outstanding issues. This package included:

  • An article concerning contracting out
  • A review of which positions are included and excluded up to the APS II level
  • Improved flex spending account
  • A letter of understanding regarding work hours for security staff
The package was also consistent with the GOA salary settlement.

The employer seemed surprised by our action and unprepared to address our proposals. The employer reviewed our submission for several hours only to advise us they could not proceed without new directions from their Board.

Future Bargaining Developments

In light of this, your bargaining committee agreed to one additional meeting on September 7 in hopes of receiving a response from the employer. We will be filing for mediation if this response is unacceptable.

Should this happen, the committee will actively seek your help in putting more pressure on the employer.

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.

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