Since our last update we have met with the employer in hopes of making meaningful progress at the bargaining table. On Feb. 12 we met with the employer directly, but we were not able to achieve much, unfortunately. However, we met again on Feb. 15, this time with the assistance of Mediator Mia Norrie, and we are happy to say we did take some steps forward in our negotiations.
As a result of our continued discussions on Article 12 (Position Abolishment), we have agreed to an extension of our six-month timeline for negotiations.
You will recall from previous updates that your union and the employer met at the Labour Relations Board on Nov. 24 to deal with AUPE’s complaints of bad-faith bargaining and unfair labour practice related to the 16 position abolishments that happened after Notice to Bargain was issued. The complaints were settled after the employer agreed to disclose the details supporting the layoffs and to prioritize the Layoff, Recall and Severance article for negotiations, along with an agreement on retroactive application.
We will continue to negotiate the Layoff, Recall and Severance article during meetings on May 22 and June 19, 20 and 22.
Member engagement is about energizing each member, by keeping each member informed about collective bargaining and the measure of progress in achieving a fair and reasonable collective agreement. It’s about organizing each member to participate in the bargaining process and activating the AUPE membership, when and if we need to take further action.
It’s about making a difference in building a stronger union together at SAIT, in the education sector and in Calgary and our province. We all need to be part of the solution.
It will only happen because of you! It is important for you to support your bargaining committee!
Please contact any member of your committee to voice your support or if you have any questions, concerns or suggestions.
Your SAIT Bargaining Team Members
Tanya Mullings firstname.lastname@example.org
Rose Read email@example.com
Diane Moreau firstname.lastname@example.org
Andy Trache email@example.com
Jamie Eschyshyn firstname.lastname@example.org
Lauren Wood email@example.com
AUPE Resource staff
John Wevers Negotiator 780-238-4767, firstname.lastname@example.org
*Farris Sobhani* Organizer/ Mobilizer 780-271-0728, email@example.com
Mariam Ibrahim Communications 780-930-5218, firstname.lastname@example.org
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