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  • 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...

  • 3 Oct 18-Living Waters Catholic Schools Member Update

    Yesterday, your bargaining committee met with the employer and a mediator to work toward achieving a tentative agreement and ending this strike.After 13 hours of negotiations, the employer announced the Board needed more time to consider the union’s last proposal.The employer felt the parties should suspend bargaining and resume another day. They informed us they were not available for the remainder of this week, but would be available to meet after the Thanksgiving weekend.We’ve agr...  Read More...

  • 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...

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Bargaining Updates

  • 21 Feb 19 - Bargaining continues, non-monetary items signed off

    Bargaining continues, non-monetary items signed offYour bargaining team met with the employer on Feb. 13 and 14. We were able to agree and sign off on all non-monetary issues during these meetings.   Read More...

  • 30 Jan 2019 - Tues Feb 5, 2019 AUPE Bargaining Update Meeting to be held

    Your Negotiating Team would like to invite you to join them for an update session to be held next week.We will be holding the same session twice to accommodate two lunch periodsPlease bring your lunch and plan on joining us.Tuesday, Feb 5, 2019in the Orpheus Theater (Campus Center)Choose Either12:00-1:00or1:00-2:00Your Negotiating TeamTanya MullingsDiane MoreauRose Read   Read More...

  • 25 Jan 2019

    Tentative agreement ratifiedYour bargaining team is pleased to report after a majority worksite vote on Jan. 19, we now have a fairer collective agreement.Monetary GainsEffective Sept. 1, 2016, and ending Aug.   Read More...

  • 20 Dec 2018

    Bargaining StalledYour bargaining team was scheduled to meet with the employer on December 18 and 19. Unfortunately, we only met on December 18. During this meeting the employer stated they had not changed their position on monetary items nor any other outstanding Articles.With the employer refusing to budge on these important issues, we asked the employer to continue working towards an Essential Services Agreement and said that we will file for mediation as soon as the ESA is in place.Thank you...  Read More...

  • 18 Dec 2018

    Tentative Agreement ReachedAfter nearly three years of difficult negotiations and mediation, your bargaining committee signed a Memorandum of Agreement with the employer on December 14, 2018.Here are the highlights from the Tentative Agreement:Four-year term beginning September 1, 2016 and ending September 1, 2020;WAGES:Year One: Sept. 1, 2016: 0%Year Two: Sept. 1, 2017: 0%Year Three: Jan.   Read More...

  • 12 Dec 2018

    EDMONTON – More than 50 elected representatives from 10 Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) Locals representing workers in post-secondary education, boards, agencies and municipal governments will gather today for a full-day bargaining strategy session in south Edmonton.It is the first time in the union’s history these sectors have come together in this type of forum.The groups have been in drawn-out contract negotiations – some for a year or longer – leadin...  Read More...

  • 21 Nov 18 U of L Bargaining Update

    Bargaining Resumes with MediationFollowing 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 le...  Read More...

  • 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...

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