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    17 Oct 18-Local 039 Membership Bargaining Meeting Scheduled for Next Thursday Oct 25th

    Join your Negotiating team for a bargaining update next Thursday from 4:30-5:30. The meeting will be held on campus. Details will be posted shortly.If you have any questions you would like addressed please submit the to chairlocal039@aupe.ca before next Wednesday Oct 24th.   Read More...

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    17 Oct 18-Defining Casual AUPE Local 039 Employees

    Not all the provisions of the collective agreement will apply to casual employees, but they are full members of AUPE. In the past, employees working on a casual basis used to be called "relief" workers, and collective agreements contained stringent language governing when they could be called to fill in for regular employees.The term "Casual Employment" is defined in our AUPE Collective Agreement as "employment on an hourly basis. Continuous full time casual employment s...  Read More...

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    16 Oct 18-Canada Post Strike Update

    Posted on Oct. 16, 2018 by Canada Post in Customer UpdatesThe Canadian Union of Postal Workers (CUPW) has issued a strike notice, which means that they will be in a legal position to strike as early as Monday, October 22, 2018. Should rotating strike action occur, the postal service will continue to operate.Impact to CustomersRotating legal strikes may be isolated to one or two specific locations at a time, affecting those areas for a period of 24 hours.   Read More...

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    16 Oct 18-Agreement Reached at Living Waters Catholic Schools, Strike Over

    EDSON, SLAVE LAKE, WHITECOURT – This morning, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), who work as support staff at Living Waters Catholic Schools in Edson, Slave Lake and Whitecourt, voted in favour of a mediator’s recommendations for settlement, ending a 18-days long strike.This afternoon, the employer ratified the recommendations as well. Staff will head back to work in the six Living Waters schools affected, tomorrow morning.“We&rsquo...  Read More...

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    15 Oct 18-Living Waters Strike - This is about Students!

    1. This is about studentsThe support staff at Living Waters Catholic Schools are fundamental to our kids’ education. They are the educational assistants, custodians, maintenance staff, secretaries, and more who make our schools a better place.   Read More...

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    19 Sep 18-Tentative Agreement Between AUPE Government Support Services and Alberta Health Services

    After a-year-and-a-half in bargaining, we have reached a tentative agreement with AHS that we, as your bargaining team, are recommending to our membership for acceptance.Throughout this difficult round of negotiations, we never lost sight of the value of the work performed by the General Support Services members who are the unseen heroes of our health care system. This bargaining unit represents more than 100 classifications — from administrative support staff and financial analy...  Read More...

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    3 Sept 18-Are you getting paid what you are worth or are you working for free?

    Will you be “working” or “volunteering” at Open House and events of this type this year?Here are some things to think about. First of all, you need to fill out an HR 85 Overtime Pre-Approval - Time in Lieu form and get it signed - you can find this form on SAITNOW under the Employee Services - Forms section.Fact – Employment Standards says most employees (full and part-time) are entitled to overtime pay.Fact – Article 15 of our agreement with SAIT says an Employee w...  Read More...

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    21 Aug 18-AUPE and Government of Alberta Sign Tentative Agreement

    EDMONTON – Today, the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and the Government of Alberta signed a tentative agreement on a new contract for approximately 23,000 front-line government services employees represented by the union.“After close to a year and a half of bargaining and mediation, we’re pleased a tentative agreement was reached with the assistance of mediator Andy Sims that both sides find acceptable,” said AUPE vice-president Karen Weiers.A...  Read More...

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    10 July 18-Local 039 SAIT Bargaining Update

    Bargaining ContinuesYour bargaining committee has met with the employer for several bargaining sessions over the past two months.The parties have agreed to meet for at least 10 days of collective bargaining between now and Dec. 31, 2018, and have agreed to the following dates:September 6 and 7October 1, 2 and 5November 5, 6, 19 and 20In the event that the parties cannot attend collective bargaining on any of those dates, they will ensure that they find replacement dates, so that the parties have...  Read More...

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    31 May 18 - Information regarding AUPE's 2019 Labour School

    Each year AUPE holds their Advanced Labour School. Our next school is scheduled March 10-14, 2019 in Jasper. The courses are intended for members that have taken AUPE core courses and are active in their component.Next year will be AUPE's Centennial as it will be 100 years since AUPE's predecessor Civil Service Association of Alberta (CSA) was formed.   Read More...

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    29 May 18-United and Strong

    We are stronger when we work together.Join us in showing Local 039's "unity and strength" by wearing a bandana to the Star Awards June 4th! You can pick up your bandana the morning of the awards between Campus Centre and Heritage Hall.Tell your coworkers and don’t forget to stop by and grab one for yourself!Together we’ll let the SAIT campus know that AUPE Local 039 is united and strong and that we deserve a fair collective agreement   Read More...

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    25 May 18 - OH&S Updates Coming 1 June 2018

    Important message from AUPE’s Occupational Health and Safety CommitteeChanges to Occupational Health and Safety laws take effect June 1. Here are five major ones you need to know!1. Right to Refuse Dangerous Work:The new OH&S Act establishes a worker’s right to decide if a task is dangerous to their health or safety.   Read More...

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  • 1 Oct 18 Living Waters Senior Executive Hits Picketer With Car

    WHITECOURT – A 37-year employee of Living Waters Catholic Schools was struck by a vehicle driven by a senior executive member of Living Waters this morning on the picket line and sent to hospital with injuries.“Right now we know this member has some muscle injury,” said AUPE vice-president Rod Feland. “We will continue to keep in contact with him and are thankful it appears he will make a full recovery.“This incident highlights the lack of respect and...  Read More...

  • 26 Sept 18-AUPE and Living Waters Board Return to Bargaining Table Thursday

    AUPE’s Living Waters bargaining team will be returning to the table with the employer tomorrow morning in hopes of reaching an agreement and avoiding strike action.Since negotiations with the Board began in 2016, AUPE members have been committed to open and fair discussions at the table in order to secure an agreement that reflects the worth of Alberta’s school support workers and students. We hope the employer is prepared to do the same.   Read More...

  • 28 Sept 18-AUPE Living Waters School Support Staff Begin Job Action Today

    WHITECOURT – After returning to the bargaining table yesterday to try and renew a collective agreement and avoid strike action, AUPE’s Living Waters members held their first picket line today when talks at the table broke down and the Board filed for lockout.“At every turn the Living Waters Board has treated our members like they’re worthless and replaceable,” said AUPE Vice-President Rod Feland.“The employer’s decision to lock out staff i...  Read More...

  • 28 Sept 18-The Five Things You Need To Know About the Living Waters Dispute

    1. This is about studentsThe support staff at Living Waters Catholic Schools are fundamental to our kids’ education. They are the educational assistants, custodians, maintenance staff, secretaries, and more who make our schools a better place.   Read More...

  • 25 Sept 18-Local 069 Athabasca University Support Staff Bargaining Update

    Proposed Package Submitted by the EmployerYour bargaining committee met with the employer on Sept. 13 and 14, where the employer presented a proposed Memorandum of Settlement for all outstanding issues and proposals.This was predictable, following the recently signed Tentative Agreement (TA) between members of AUPE and the Government of Alberta (GOA). Many employers, including your own, view this TA as a blueprint for moving forward with negotiations.Proposed Package DetailsSalaries:0%...  Read More...

  • 24 Sept 18-AUPE Media Release: Living Waters Support Staff Vote in Favour Of Strike

    WHITECOURT – Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees employed as support staff at Catholic schools in Slave Lake, Edson and Whitecourt have served strike notice to their employer after a vote held last week.The support staff employed by Living Waters Catholic Schools have been in bargaining since 2016. The staff have been fighting for a fair contract but their efforts have been stymied by an employer unwilling to move on important issues such as stable scheduling, compens...  Read More...

  • 21 Sept 18-Rally in Support of Living Waters Staff Monday

    WHITECOURT –Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) who work as support staff for students and teachers at Catholic schools in Edson, Slave Lake and Whitecourt will rally outside the Living Waters Division Office on Sept. 24 between 3:30 p.m. and 5 p.m.Media, workers, students and other community members are invited to attend.   Read More...

  • 14 Sept 18-AUPE Files For Mediation With University of Lethbridge

    LETHBRIDGE – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees has filed for mediation with the University of Lethbridge.Following a year of intense bargaining, negotiations broke down Sept. 7 when the university submitted a number of unsatisfactory proposals.“The university has shown itself unwilling to negotiate the issues that matter to our members,” said AUPE Vice-President Susan Slade. “There are approximately 500 AUPE members working the front lines...  Read More...

  • 12 Sept 18-Local 053 University of Lethbridge Bargaining Update

    Local 053 Applies for MediationYour 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 f...  Read More...

  • 30 Aug 18-Local 053 University of Lethbridge Bargaining Update

    The Employer Stalls BargainingYour 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 s...  Read More...

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I am not alone;
I belong;
I am protected;
I am visible;
I have a voice;
My opinion does matter;
I have a big team of professionals looking out for me to ensure:
my rights are protected;
my job is secured;
my benefits are upheld;
my entitlement is maintained and reasonable;
my working environment is healthy and fair.

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