Local 1 may be the most diverse local in AUPE. We have over 7000 members Alberta wide! We have members in just about any Government of Alberta worksite.

We are known as "Administration & Support Services".  However with so many types of jobs we provide,  we are much more than that!

We like to think that we are the ones that keep the business of Alberta on track! We are so very proud of the work we do for the citizens of Alberta!

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Beloved husband of Edna Foster of Lethbridge, passed away at Chinook Regional Hospital on Sunday, April 26, 2020 at the age of 79 years.

Besides his loving wife, Rodney is survived by his children, Shannon (James) Lumley of Kelowna, BC, Gorden “Bob” Foster of Langley, BC and Christine (Doug) Foster of Coquitlam, BC, his nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren, as well as Edna’s children, Scott (Melanie Byam) Borthwick and Shari (Garett) Chatters, and her three grandchildren, all of Lethbridge. He is also survived by his brother, David (Irene) Foster of Penticton, BC, plus numerous nieces and nephews.

He was predeceased by his parents, Horace & Lily, his sister, Marion Smith, and his brother, Paul Brown.

Rodney was born on May 24, 1940, in Reading, Berkshire, England. He immigrated to Canada with his mother and two siblings in 1947, sailing on the Aquitania and landing in Halifax, NS. The family then travelled across Canada by train, settling in Vancouver, BC.

Rodney lived in various provinces throughout Canada, eventually moving to Alberta and living in Lethbridge in 1976 where he was employed by Lethbridge Regional Hospital, The Government of Alberta, The Salvation Army Thrift Store and—most recently—his retirement part-time job at London Drugs.

Rodney was a very acting Union member, he held various positions with his local and he participated in AUPE committees, Rodney enjoyed going to AUPE Convention every year and always was part of his local and chapter Annual General Meetings.

Rodney attained life membership with AUPE in 1995 following many years of involvement while employed with the Alberta government. Rodney enjoyed being around his fellow union brothers and sisters. Rodney will be missed members of his local.

During his retirement, Rodney was a very active member and volunteer with Nordbridge Seniors’ Centre and was eligible for his life membership this year. He also volunteered for many years with The Salvation Army Kettle Campaign.

Due to the gathering restrictions in place because of COVID-19, a formal gathering will be held at a later date.

If you wish to send condolences to Rodney’s family please go to:

Rest in Peace Brother.


Job cuts off table for now, job security extended

AUPE members now free to focus on helping Albertans cope with crisis

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EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) and the Government of Alberta (GOA) have reached an agreement to protect the jobs of permanent government workers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Now is not the time to be cutting the jobs of our members who work on the front lines of providing vital public services to Albertans who are facing the greatest health and financial crisis of our lifetime,” says Guy Smith, president of AUPE, which represents more than 95,000 workers, including about 23,000 employed by the GOA.

“Late yesterday (Tuesday, March 31), the government recognized that Albertans need stability and predictability as we work together to tackle this crisis and accepted our request to extend job security for Government of Alberta workers. Our members can now focus their energies on helping Albertans.”

A letter of understanding guaranteeing job security expired on March 30. The union and the government have now signed a memorandum of agreement to extend job-security provisions to the end of June. Bargaining a new collective agreement has also been extended until the end of June.


AUPE president Guy Smith is available for interviews.

Please contact Terry Inigo-Jones, Communications, 403-831-4394.

Job-killing Alberta budget is a sign of the fight ahead

The UCP dropped its first provincial budget on Albertans Thursday.

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The Finance Minister is calling it a surgical approach to cuts. But no matter how you slice it, we will be paying for billions in tax breaks the government is giving to big businesses. The budget made clear how we’ll have to pay: With job losses and underfunded, understaffed public services.


Budget documents confirm more than 16,000 full-time equivalent (FTE) positions in the public sector will disappear over the next four years through layoffs and attrition. Many of these losses will be shouldered by AUPE members, along with other unions.
The budget was silent on many details, but we do know we’re looking at major FTE job losses in 2019-20 to the tune of:

  • 300 in Advanced Education and Post Secondary Institutions
  • 223 in Community and Social Services
  • 198 in Justice and Solicitor General
  • 110 in Environment and Parks
  • 270 with the Alberta Energy Regulator  

(Source: Fiscal Plan, p.190)


The budget also shows the UCP will lower what it spends on wages in the next four years. Whether these figures are the result of job losses or actual wage cuts, we can't say which for sure. Either way, the loss will be felt by hard-working Albertans.
Here are the figures for the UCP’s reductions to wages over four years:

  • Alberta Health Services: -1%
  • Post-secondary institutions: -7.8%
  • Alberta Public Service (Departments): -7.6%
  • Other government agencies: -11.5%

(Source: Fiscal Plan, p.116)

AUPE members are on the front lines of the public service, which means you are also a first line of defence against cuts. Together, let’s stay ahead of the damage and fight back.
Below is the budget at a glance - a quick breakdown of some of the ways it will affect you, your sector, your work and the Albertans you support. AUPE staff continue to analyze the numbers, including the potential impact on salaries, benefits and pensions. Stay tuned for more information.

What’s the damage?

The UCP campaigned on job creation, but they’ve revealed themselves to be job killers. Here’s what we’ve uncovered so far:

Boards & Agencies

AUPE members are front-line staff in a number of municipalities and our work helps make them the vibrant and safe places they are.
One area where the budget is calling for big cuts is municipalities, where less stable funding will put construction projects, land management, libraries, flood mitigation and all the other services that keep a community afloat, at risk. This includes local police forces in rural parts of the province.
Page 109 of the budget shows next year’s budget for the Ministry of Municipal Affairs is “$240 million, a 9 per cent reduction from $263 million in 2018-19. [And] Operating expenses are expected to decrease to $222 million, or by 15.5 per cent, in 2022-23.”
Alberta Innovates and its subsidiary InnoTech Alberta are in the same situation. Together, they act as a driving force for medical research, renewable energy solutions and more. But the crown corporation is expected to lose 30 per cent of its funding from 2018-19 over the next four years, which will mean a loss of about 14 per cent of the staff behind these game-changing innovations.
Who will get hit the hardest? Rural communities – especially the small towns and counties on the edges of the cities, where resources are fewer.

Health Care

Alberta’s population is rising, at a rate of about 70,000 people a year. That’s the size of a city like Medicine Hat being added annually. The costs of goods and services will continue to increase, with an inflation rate of two per cent in 2020. The UCP’s budget does nothing to increase funding to meet these increases nor the growing needs in health care, seniors care, and seniors housing (Fiscal Plan, p. 85, 96).
Even small increases won’t keep up with the aging population’s growing need for health care services, such as blood work, mental support, surgeries and preventative medicine.
For instance, the new Child and Adolescent Mental Health Centre, which was part of a 16-year roll-out plan, will not move ahead. Neither will an addition to the Edmonton’s Misericordia Community Hospital, while plans to build Edmonton’s first new hospital in years will be put on the back burner.
That’s just the tip of the iceberg. Seniors homes and quality elder care will also take a hit, as funding for seniors housing will be cut over four years.
So much for the government’s promise to protect quality health care.
Who will get hit the hardest? The chronically ill, seniors and all Albertans with serious health issues, as well as the most underserved and underpaid workers who care for them.

Direct Government Services

Here’s where it gets really ugly.
Over the next four years, about $1.3 billion will be chopped out of the budgets for direct government services, post-secondary education and boards & agencies. Together, these sectors employ more than 70,000 AUPE members on whom Albertans count during tough economic times, which Kenney’s budget is guaranteed to bring.
Those AUPE members can expect the number of full-time equivalent positions (FTEs) in their fields to drop by about three per cent. To give you a sense of what that will look like, 223 FTEs will be lost in Community and Social Services alone (Fiscal Plan, p.190).
The story for court clerks isn’t much different. They’ll see a $100-million chop out of the Justice Solicitor General budget (Fiscal Plan, p.107), which isn’t going to help growing caseloads.

Who will get hit the hardest? Low-income families and people who are out of work. As it stands, the AUPE social workers who support them are already run off their feet, drained to exhaustion and illness. Now the UCP is adding insult to injury by digging into Income Assistance – right when there’s going to be a lot more unemployment. It’s clear, the government is targeting Albertans living at the margins and they’re doing it by coming after all lines of support.


Alberta’s post-secondary institutions, where important research is produced and our next generation of workers trained, will drop $636 million (from 2018-19 to 2022-23) (Fiscal Plan, p.82).
The budget suggests 300 FTE post-secondary positions will be axed in the coming year – and the layoffs have already started (Fiscal Plan, p.190). Already, 26 staff have lost their positions at the University of Calgary, in a move that will hurt the students they support.
K-12 Education
Another group of Albertans taking an upsetting hit from the budget will be kids.
Over the course of the next four years, education funding will remain the same, failing to keep up with inflation and population growth (Fiscal Plan, p.82). As it stands, students are already stuffed into classrooms like sardines. In 2018, class sizes in Calgary bloated to as many as 47 students, while support staff were stretched to their limit. There’s also a drastic drop in funding for modular classroom funding program (Fiscal Plan, p.136).
Who will get hit the hardest? Students, whose tuitions and student loan payments will skyrocket with the cap removed, and front-line staff working to keep schools running smoothly.

We Can Fight Back and Win

The UCP are paving the path to a recession. This government’s economic agenda will impact jobs, household incomes and the services AUPE members work so hard to deliver. At a time when we need social programs and jobs the most, they’re pulling both out from under us.

This government has made its intentions very clear. This is the start of their attacks and there’s much more to come. It is coming after us, our jobs and our ability to feed and shelter our families.
It is coming after our children in schools and colleges.
It is coming after our communities.
It is coming after the vulnerable, the sick, the marginalized and the weak.

The UCP think this is their Alberta for the taking, but they don’t speak for the people who call Alberta home.  
Join the fight and stand with your co-workers for an Alberta economy that works for everyone: If it’s a fight they want from Alberta’s working people, it’s a fight they get.

Because when we fight back, we win.

Up to 5,900 AUPE positions to be laid off, GOA and AHS tell AUPE

UCP government continues attack on front-line workers

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The Government of Alberta (GOA) and Alberta Health Services (AHS) have told AUPE how they expect UCP budget cuts will impact AUPE members.

The Government of Alberta is making changes and cuts that will eliminate 2,500 bargaining unit positions between April 2020 and April 2023.

Click here to download the letter AUPE received from the GOA.

Alberta Health Services informed AUPE they intend to cut 2,000 to 3,000 full time equivalencies (FTEs) in AHS General Support Services between April 2020 and April 2023. This will happen through cuts and contracting out to private providers.

Click here to download the letter AUPE received from AHS (GSS).

Alberta Health Services also informed AUPE they intend to cut up to 400 Auxiliary Nursing Care FTEs beginning April 1, 2020.

Click here to download the letter AUPE received from AHS (ANC).

This is devastating news to our members and to all Albertans who rely on public services. There are still a lot of unknown details at this time.

Your Local Chairs and the AUPE Provincial Executive will meet next week to determine our next steps.

Let’s be clear: AUPE members have known cuts and job losses were coming. We’ve been talking about this possibility for months. We have rallied and picketed across the province, and now these potential cuts have become a looming reality.

AUPE members know that only mass collective action at the worksite and in support of collective bargaining (which resumes early next year) has the power to fight the cuts. This is what we’ve been preparing for, and we will continue to prepare in the weeks and months ahead.

We must not give in to fear. We must not allow uncertainty to stop us from building the strength, solidarity, and capacity we need to take action. We are all in this together and only together will we overcome.

Stay strong. Support each other. Get ready to fight.


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Want to get more active in your union? Here are easy ways to get started!

Go here to find your Local and Chapter and to see when the next meeting is being held.

The best way to learn about meetings is by emails from your AUPE Local and Chapter. Make sure you get these emails by signing up here:

Stand up for Your Rights at Work

Your Membership Services Officer — or MSO — and your worksite AUPE Steward are two of the best resources you can count on. If you don’t know who they are, find out by calling AUPE at 1-800-232-7284.

Chat with them about how you can get involved and make AUPE stronger at your workplace. They can tell you what’s important about your collective agreement, and you can start showing the boss who’s boss.

Take a Course

Learn more about AUPE, your rights, our history, why politics matters, and so much more. AUPE’s courses are great for life-long learners and beginners. The best part? You might be able to get time off work to go.

Check out AUPE’s education courses here. Sign up today!

Attend an Area Council Event

AUPE’s Area Councils are run by members like you. They host fun, family-oriented events all year. These are great opportunities to meet your fellow members and make friendships that help build solidarity.

Don’t know which Area Council you’re part of? Find out here.

Get Political

Let’s face it: for many of us, our jobs are tied to what the government is doing. Even if you work in the private sector, every decision the government makes affects you. So why not have your say? AUPE members have always worked to keep the government accountable, and we’re not shy about telling them what matters to us.

If you feel like you don’t know much about politics, that’s no problem! Click here for a short update on where Alberta’s major political parties stand.

Ready to get involved? Contact AUPE’s organizing department: call 1-855-930-3401 or email


The link attached will provide you a copy of the Provincial Executive Strategic Plan for 2020.

It is very important that we all get familiarized with the plan and find way to implement it, your executive is open to any suggestion you may have, If you have any suggestions on helping implement the plan, please feel free to contact us. 


Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Members




You must attend your Annual General Meeting to ensure your name is on the listing as a Union Representative NOMINEE to sit on a worksite GOA OHS Committee


You must forward a letter letting your name stand as a nominee for your committee to your Chapter Chair.

Should you have any questions please contact OHS Staff at AUPE


They will be able to let you know who to contact



New Education Schedule

The winter/spring 2020 core course schedule is now available for viewing. Please click on the following link to see the courses description and schedules


Please note that registration for the winter/spring 2020 core course schedule will be open on January 3, 2020.


Chapter Chairs Meeting Saturday February 22, 2020, at AUPE Edmonton. 

The next Local 001 AGM Meeting will be held in Edmonton at AUPE on May 29, 2020, Education Portion Friday afternoon, Saturday May 30th Council Meeting. Details will be email to all Council members.



Labour-Management Committees, such as EMACs, can be a critical part of the union’s  strategy for representing members. They can be an additional arena for  union activity and a mechanism for representing members’ interests as  new issues arise. It also can assist to keep members informed around  critical issues.

AUPE is excited to present an online course environment as a tool to: assist  in structuring new committees and/or energize an existing one, developing  an agenda and running effective meetings.  There are various discussion  boards that allow members to ask questions regarding Labour Management,  in which members with experience on Labour-Management may be able to  assist.

This opportunity is being offered to meet the demand for a basic  understanding of Labour-Management Committees. It also offers  suggestions, sample forms and terms of reference for members to use to  organize and prepare for Labour Management committees. It also allows  members to be on the same page when it comes to establishing, maintaining and growing committees by explaining that members select  their own representatives and what those on the committee can expect as  far as their roles and responsibililites.

While we are calling this a "course" it is actually a learning environment  that will remain open until 2021, when Chapter and Local  elections take place.  Keeping the environment open will allow members  to refer back to the online learning environment to refer to content,  download templates and participate in discussions.

This course is open to all members as it is important that all members are aware of the opportunities that Labour-Management Committees/EMAC can provide.  It is offered to each sector of AUPE  (Government, Healthcare, Education and Boards & Agencies/Local  Governments).

To register for the course please visit

Any difficulty with registering please email the AUPE Course Registrar at

We look forward to members working together to make the most of our Labour-Management committees.

AUPE Education