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  • 03 Oct 19 Tuition hikes, program cuts ahead after UCP budget

    The president of the University of Alberta predicted Wednesday that cuts are coming and that he expects tuition to go up under the province's United Conservative Party government.David Turpin told students in his state of the university address at Convocation Hall that, based on the recommendations in the MacKinnon report on the province's finances, all Alberta post-secondary institutions face "difficult decisions ahead.""With a new government in place ... we anticipate re...  Read More...

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    10 July 19 Five things about Bill 9

    Five things you need to know about the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (formerly Bill 9)The attack began in the early hours of June 20 when the UCP dropped Bill 9 to abolish the June 30 deadline AUPE members employed by Alberta Health Services (AHS) and the Government of Alberta (GOA) were promised for third-year wage arbitrations. The government passed the legilsation also knowing it could potentially undermine the rights of many other members working in post-secondary education, an...  Read More...

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    01 May 19 International Workers’ Day, or "May Day"

    International Workers’ Day, or May Day, is recognized around the world on May 1 in celebration of the labour movement and ordinary working people.The first May Day was held over 100 years ago to commemorate the 1886 Haymarket affair in Chicago, where working people took to the streets with strikes and protests to fight for an eight-hour work day.Since then, unions and activists have kept this tradition going with annual marches and demonstrations, often to raise awareness of injustice and ...  Read More...

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  • Arbitrator Appointed in GOA (Gov of AB) Wage Reopener, Arbitration Dates Scheduled

    Government services – Locals 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 009, 012Your bargaining committee would like to inform you that Phyllis Smith has been appointed to arbitrate wage reopener negotiations scheduled for June 11, 17, 20 and 21 in Edmonton.Until now, there had not been mutual agreement between the parties on an arbitrator.Your committee is currently in the process of putting together presentations and briefs for the arbitration dates.The third-year wage reopener is part of the current...  Read More...

  • 15 Apr 2019 Olds College Memo of Agreement Reached

    Memo of Agreement ReachedYour bargaining team reached a Memorandum of Agreement on Monday, Apr. 8.Your ratification vote will take place on Monday, April 29, at 1:30 p.m. at your worksite.   Read More...

  • 15 Apr 2019 Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus

    Bargaining StallsYour bargaining team met with the employer on Wednesday, April 10, but we did not make any progress.The employer did not agree to any wage increases or other financial improvements. This includes raising your compensation to the same level as your fellow workers at Grande Prairie Regional College.Essential Services Agreement and MediationSince we did not make progress at the table, we will be filing for formal mediation once an Essential Services Agreement is in place.Please do ...  Read More...

  • 11 April 2019 Bargaining Update

    Bargaining ContinuesYour bargaining team met with the employer many times throughout January, March, and April.The employer would like a new agreement based on the Government of Alberta (GOA) settlement, which has wage adjustments of 0% in 2017, 0% in 2018, and a wage re-opener in 2019.However, the employer is not interested in basing your new contract on anything else in the GOA agreement, which includes improvements to:• Employment security;• Contracting out and contracting in;•...  Read More...

  • 09 April 2019 Alberta University of the Arts (ACAD) Bargaining Update

    Bargaining ContinuesYour bargaining committee met with your employer, formerly the Alberta College of Art and Design, on April 2 and 3 for some reasonably productive meetings.Your bargaining committee is proposing a three-year agreement. Like many other agreements throughout the province, it would include 0% wage increases in the first two years and a wage re-opener in the third, with the possibility of interest arbitration should we not agree to a wage adjustment during re-opener negotiations.H...  Read More...

  • 02 Apr 2019 Red Deer College Agreement Ratified

    New Collective Agreement RatifiedYour new collective agreement has been ratified following a vote on Wednesday, March 27.Your bargaining committee thanks you for all the support and solidarity you showed throughout negotiations.Agreement DetailsThis is a three year agreement with 0% wage increases in the first two years and a wage reopener in the third year. Like similar agreements throughout the province, the agreement includes the option for interest arbitration if we do not agree on a third y...  Read More...

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What does AUPE mean to me?

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.

by AUPE Local 039 Member Fara Shafee

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