Your bargaining committee is pleased to report that following close to a year and a half of bargaining and mediation with the Government of Alberta, a tentative agreement was reached with the assistance of mediator Andy Sims late in the evening on Aug. 11.
The tentative agreement addresses a number of work-related issues you identified as important and will ensure your continued ability to provide crucial public services to a growing province.
Your bargaining committee recommends ratification of the tentative agreement
A comprehensive ratification package will be mailed to all members over the next few weeks, where you will have the opportunity to review and vote on the tentative agreement through a mail-in ballot.
Details of the tentative agreement will not be made public until after you, the members, have reviewed and voted on it.
Update your contact information to vote
It is crucial AUPE has your most up-to-date contact information, including your non-work mailing address so you receive the ratification package and can vote on your next collective agreement.
If you have moved within the last three months, or if you have not updated your contact information within MyAgent (employer’s records), please update your information with AUPE at https://www.aupe.org/update-me.
Should this tentative agreement be rejected, the only option we have available is to hold a strike vote.
AUPE served notice to bargain on the Government of Alberta in January 2017. Bargaining began in April 2017 and the parties met more than 40 times between then and April 2018.
In late March 2018, an Essential Services Agreement (ESA) was reached between AUPE and the GOA, which put the union in a position to take legal job action and governs the terms of a strike or lockout. An ESA became a requirement under the province’s Bill 4: An Act to Implement a Supreme Court Ruling Governing Essential Services, which reversed the ban on strikes for most public sector workers.
In June 2018, AUPE held a Local Councils summit in Edmonton, where Local Council leaders and activists gathered in Edmonton over two days to receive a detailed update on bargaining and an in-depth presentation on the ESA, and how it applies during a strike or employer lockout.
After we were unable to reach an agreement with the employer following bargaining dates in April 2018, the Government of Alberta filed for mediation on May 30, which was granted by mediation services on June 1.
Mediation dates were held June 15, 16, July 24, 30, 31 and Aug. 11.
For more detailed updates on bargaining, please visit: https//www.aupe.org/goa2017.
Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your bargaining team with any questions or comments you may have.
GSBC BARGAINING TEAM MEMBERS:
Local 001 – Faye Rever: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local 002 – Emille Currie: email@example.com
Local 003 – Mike Larson: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local 004 – Ken Weir: email@example.com
Local 005 – Randy Ramsden: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local 006 – Donna Smith: email@example.com
Local 009 – Darrol Mason: firstname.lastname@example.org
Local 012 – Terrie Wispinski: email@example.com
AUPE RESOURCE STAFF:
Dale Perry, Lead Negotiator: 1-800-232-7284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Mac McNaughton, Negotiator: 1-800-232-7284 or email@example.com
Trevor Zimmerman, Organizer: 1-800-232-7284 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Farris Sobhani, Organizer: 1-800-232-7284 or email@example.com
Tyler Bedford, Communications: 1-800-232-7284 or firstname.lastname@example.org