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  • 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...

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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...

  • 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...

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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...

  • 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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    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...

  • 1 Aug 18-Local 071 Chapter 011 Bow Valley College Bargaining Update

    Bargaining reaches impasseYour bargaining committee met with the employer on June 21 for negotiations. Unfortunately, the parties were unable to find common ground and reached impasse.Your union had tabled a revised proposal with the narrowing of our priorities in an effort to push the process forward. The employer maintained its position of a status quo two-year collective agreement.   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...

  • 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...

  • 12 June 18-Local 071 Chapter 007 Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus

    Bargaining Paused Following Latest MeetingYour bargaining team met with the employer on June 5 and 6 to discuss mostly non-monetary issues. Unfortunately, the two days of meetings resulted in few gains and very little movement.Perhaps most notably, changes were made to the amount of tuition waiver money a member can carryover. Currently, a member can carryover $1,200.   Read More...

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  • 7 Nov 18 U of L Rallys - Employers frustrating Actions during Bargaining

    LETHBRIDGE – Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) who work at the University of Lethbridge will rally today between noon and 1 p.m. to raise awareness of the employer’s frustrating actions during bargaining.Media, workers, students, and community members are invited to attend. The rally will be at 7 University Drive W.“AUPE members at the University of Lethbridge have been fighting hard for a collective agreement, but recently reached an impasse...  Read More...

  • 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 in room NN105.If you have any questions you would like addressed please submit the to chairlocal039@aupe.ca before next Wednesday Oct 24th.   Read More...

  • 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...

  • 16 Oct 18-Living Waters Staff and Board Accept Mediator Recommendations

    Your Living Waters bargaining team is pleased to report both you and the Board voted in favour of the mediator’s recommendations, which were presented last night.These recommendations, along with all previously signed-off articles, will form the foundation of your new agreement.The strike will now end, and you will return to work tomorrow, Oct. 17, for your previously scheduled shifts.To recap, some of the amended items we had already signed, include:No DiscriminationRespect in the Workpla...  Read More...

  • 16 Oct 18-Living Waters Members Vte on Mediator's Recommendations Today

    Late last night, our mediator issued a set of recommendations on all outstanding items for our next collective agreement.You can find the mediator’s recommendations here.You can find the previously signed off articles here.Until noon today, members from six Living Waters schools will vote on the mediated recommendations.Voting locations:Edson: Holy Redeemer High School – 4912 12 Ave.Slave Lake: St. Mary of the Lake – 409 6 Ave. SWWhitecourt: St.   Read More...

  • 11 Oct 18-Living Waters Next Meeting Date Confirmed

    The Living Waters bargaining committee and representatives from Living Waters Catholic Schools will go back to the table on Monday, Oct. 15 at 10 a.m. in Whitecourt in hopes of ending this strike.The parties, with the assistance of a mediator, will continue to work toward achieving a tentative agreement.   Read More...

  • 11 Oct 18-Living Waters Strike Continues As Employer Proposes Rollbacks In Latest Meeting

    WHITECOURT — After returning to the bargaining table Tuesday for the second time since Living Waters Catholic Schools support staff were forced to strike on Sept. 28, an agreement has still not been reached with the employer.“The Living Waters Board continues to propose an agreement that fails to value and respect the important work these members do, providing crucial supports to students. They are purposefully prolonging this strike,” said AUPE vice-president Rod Feland.“In fact,...  Read More...

  • 10 Oct 18-Living Waters Member Update

    Employer backtracks and proposes reductionsYesterday, your bargaining team met with the employer for the second time since we were forced to take strike action. Once again, the Board showed complete disrespect for the work we do and the kids we support, and backtracked on their last offers, erasing any progress made at our last meeting.Oct. 2 MeetingOn Oct.   Read More...

  • 9 Oct 18-Living Waters Strike Update

    Your bargaining committee met with the employer and a mediator today to continue to work toward achieving a tentative agreement and ending this strike.We’re disappointed to announce today’s meeting did not result in an agreement. We will return to the bargaining table with the employer and mediator at a date yet to be determined.Our goal is to reach an agreement that will provide stable, defined hours of work and a predictable, constant work year for members. We also want reasonable ...  Read More...

  • 5 Oct 18-Action Alert: Living Waters Picketing Times

    An update on picketing times for the Living Waters Catholic Schools support staff strike in Edson, Slave Lake and Whitecourt are listed below. We encourage all who can join the picket lines in each community to do so. All are welcome!OCTOBER 5EDSONNo picketSLAVE LAKENo picketWHITECOURTBBQ at the Board office, 4204 Kepler St.   Read More...

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