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REACTION TO THE COURT'S DECISION TO OVERTURN THE INJUNCTION AGAINST BILL 9

EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) is disappointed in today’s 2-1 majority decision by the Court of Appeal panel overturning the injunction against the UCP’s controversial Bill 9.

“We are frustrated by the ruling. AUPE will be consulting with our legal counsel and our membership will consider our options including appealing this decision to the Supreme Court of Canada,” said Guy Smith, AUPE President.

“Justice Paperny’s written dissent bolsters our argument that the court was absolutely correct to issue AUPE’s injunction in the first place.

“Bill 9 is a political decision by the UCP government to attack our constitutional rights, our wages, our working conditions and the vital public services Albertans depend on.

“It’s a political decision to gift profitable corporations huge tax breaks – costing $4.5 billion over four years – while claiming the province doesn’t have a massive revenue problem.

“We will continue to explore all options available to us and prepare for arbitration to resume.

“What this decision shows is that AUPE members and other hard working Albertans cannot rely on the courts to hold this government accountable. This is our struggle, and AUPE members know they are the ones with the power to fight this government’s anti-worker agenda.”

AUPE is Alberta’s largest union, standing over 95,000 members strong. Bill 9 affects a total of approximately 180,000 working Albertans, including 70,000 AUPE members.

URGENT INFORMATION

Five urgent things you need to know about the Alberta government’s Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (Bill 9)

Last week, the UCP government introduced Bill 9 to abolish the June 30 deadline for holding third-year wage arbitration for AUPE members working for Alberta Health Services (AHS), the Government of Alberta (GOA) and potentially eliminate the right to go to arbitration for many members working in post-secondary education and for boards and agencies.

Here’s what you need to know right now.

1. The UCP cut off debate to ram Bill 9 through the Legislature.

Not only is the government trying to take away your legally negotiated rights, they are also taking away the democratic rights of elected representatives to speak on your behalf. Opposition voices in the Legislature are being silenced, so workers’ voices need to be heard in other ways.

Bill 9 is likely to be pushed through this week but that doesn’t mean our fight is over. In fact, it’s only just begun.

2. This is the first step in a bid to freeze or cut your wages.

The UCP government wants to delay arbitration hearings on your wages until well after its hand-picked “Blue Ribbon” panel reports in August with recommendations on where to cut spending.

The government has stacked this panel with people who agree with that approach. Janice MacKinnon, the chair of the panel, has previously called for two-per-cent cuts to public-sector pay and claims that the government has a right to legislate wage rollbacks on union members.

Spoiler alert: The panel’s report will argue we can’t afford to invest in public services or even a modest wage increase, while conveniently ignoring both our revenue problem, and the government’s recent decision that it can afford a huge corporate tax giveaway. The government will use the report to justify an attack on our wages, our jobs or both.

3. If they break these contracts now, how far will they go?

We all know a contract is a contract, but apparently not when it comes to working people. About 60,000 AUPE members working for AHS and the GOA are affected by Bill 9. These members have accepted two years of wage freezes, with the legally binding agreement of wage arbitration in the third year. This arbitration hearing began on June 11, continued on June 17, and is currently scheduled for June 21 and 22.

The impact of the Bill isn’t just on the members in AHS and GOA, but all members who count on the stability of the terms outlined in their collective agreements. For example, more than 10,000 members working in some Post Secondary Education worksites and some Boards and Agencies, are scheduled to enter wage-reopener arbitration as well.

4. They’re trying to legislate, because they know that an independent arbitrator might make a decision they don’t like.

The arbitrator considers all economic conditions and evidence submitted by both parties, and makes an independent ruling based on the facts.

There is no economic or labour-relations justification for wage freezes or rollbacks. If the government can afford massive tax breaks for profitable corporations, it can afford modest increases for front-line workers.

But why would they let the facts get in the way of their political agenda?

5. AUPE members won’t accept being treated this way.

AUPE members know a deal is a deal. They expect the legally binding rules established in their collective agreements to be mandatory, not optional. That’s why all legal options will be pursued by AUPE, when Bill 9 passes.

In a show of defiance and solidarity, members gathered at the Legislature on June 13 to protest this unfair and illegal attack.

The AUPE Executive continues to reach out across the province, having ongoing conversations with elected leaders and activists to discuss plans on how we can fight back against the aggressive attacks on your negotiated rights. Similar discussions are happening with other unions affected by this legislation.

Members at worksites across the province are concerned and alarmed. Many have expressed a desire to hold legal information pickets at their sites on their own time.

Information pickets have already been held in some locations. To find out more about how to organize a safe and legal information picket, please contact us at 1-800-232-7284 or organizing@aupe.org. We can talk you through the process.

It’s crucial to remember that refusing to work as a form of formal protest can put you at risk. Please contact us if you have questions. We can help ensure you work within the legal framework and stay safe while still voicing your concern and solidarity with your fellow public-sector workers across the province.

Join these scheduled information pickets during your non-work time:

• Vegreville Care Centre: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Thurs., June 27. For details, contact Local 043 Chair Judy Fader at local4308@gmail.com;
• Tofield Health Centre: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Friday, June 28. For details, contact Local 043 Chair Judy Fader at local4308@gmail.com;
• Lamont Health Care Centre: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tues., July 2. For details, contact Local 043 Chair Judy Fader at local4308@gmail.com;
• Two Hills Health Centre: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wed. July 3. For details, contact Local 043 Chair Judy Fader at local4308@gmail.com;
• Foothills Medical Centre, Calgary: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Wed. July 3. For details, contact Local 095 Chair David Choy at chairlocal095@aupe.ca; and
• Leduc Hospital: 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m., Tues., July 9. For details, contact Teresa Bergen, Local 054/010 Chair at teresa666@live.ca or Sharon Conium Local 046/003 Vice-Chair at 780-903-5133.

Other things you can do now

1. Talk to your coworkers: Ask them how they feel about this illegal attack on your rights, your wages and your jobs. Talk about what you’re prepared to do to take action. Show them how to join the fight.

2. Visit www.aupe.org/fightback on your non-work device or computer during your non-work time.

3. Tell the Labour Minister and Finance Minister how you feel about Bill 9.
By phone: Call Labour Minister Jason Copping at 780-638-9400 and call Finance Minister Travis Toews at 780-415-4855.
By email: Email Labour Minister Jason Copping at labour.minister@gov.ab.ca and Finance Minister Travis Toews tbf.minister@gov.ab.ca.

What’s next?

Stay tuned. More legal information pickets are being planned and will continue to be organized where our members are prepared to speak up and stand together.

We’ll be in touch as the situation develops with more news and more opportunities to have your voices heard. Make sure your email address and phone number is up to date at www.aupe.org/update-me so we can reach you.

Don’t forget, we’ve been here before and we’ve won.

In 2013, a previous Conservative government tried to use legislation to impose pay deals on workers. We stopped them. Now, we need to stop them again.

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FIVE WAYS TO GET INVOLVED AND ACTIVE IN AUPE

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

Meetings
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: aupe.org/update-me

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 organize@aupe.org

PROVINCIAL EXECUTIVE STRATEGIC PLAN 2019

The link attached will provide you a copy of the Provincial Executive Strategic Plan for 2019.

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. 


Provincial Executive Strategic Plan 2019.pdf

IMPORTANT NOTICE - OHS COMMITTEE MEMBERS

Alberta Union of Provincial Employees Members

IMPORTANT NOTICE

GOVERNMENT OF ALBERTA

 OCCUPATIONAL HEALTH AND SAFETY COMMITTEE 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

Or

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

1-800-232-7284

They will be able to let you know who to contact

                  

AUPE WINTER/ SPRING EDUCATION SCHEDULE

New Education Schedule

The winter/spring 2019 core course schedule is now available for viewing. Please go to https://www.aupe.org/my-aupe/benefits/education scroll down until you see “course schedule” and click on the link.

Registration

Please note that registration for the winter/spring 2019 core course schedule will be open on January 3, 2019.

LOCAL 1 COUNCIL MEETING DATES

The next Local 001 Council Meeting will be held in Calgary at AUPE  on Saturday September 14, Details later.

 


LABOUR MANAGEMENT COMMITTEES ONLINE COURSE

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 www.aupe.org/training.

Any difficulty with registering please email the AUPE Course Registrar at registrar@aupe.org.

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

AUPE Education