Aupe Aux Collective Agreement 2019
You can view the agreement on the following pages. You will also find here a PDF of the full agreement. The government took advantage of the weakening of the AUPE and opened negotiations in 1994 by announcing flat-rate cuts of 5% in the government service, as well as boards of directors and agencies that depended on the government for funding. After an extended campaign, AUPE ratified agreements with reductions of around 2.3 percent, with the rest taken in public holidays. AUPE originated from the Civil Services Association of Alberta, established in 1919 to represent “public servants,” as they were then called direct employees of the Alberta government. In 1977 it became a legal union with the power to conduct collective bargaining. AUPE asked Albertans to sign letters to their members of the legislature saying they wanted the legislature to pass new laws that would guarantee the rights of all workers to fair and comprehensive collective bargaining. Since 2014, AUPE has 33 Indigenous people and manages more than 120 separate collective agreements. The union employs more than 100 people at its head office in Edmonton and in several regional offices in municipalities across the province of Alberta, including Peace River, Grande Prairie, Athabasca, Camrose, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. AUPE remains active in the labour movement and in provincial affairs in Alberta. In the fall of 2007, she campaigned hard to push for changes to Alberta`s labour laws, which prohibit strikes by most AUPE members.
Despite these prohibitions, AUPE members have seized illegal strikes on several occasions to assert their demands for collective agreements. The collective agreement has expired and is being renegotiated by the Government of Alberta and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. Therefore, printed copies of the agreement are not currently distributed. Between 1997 and 2006, the AUPE was rebuilt. While membership continued to decline in the early years of the decade, the framework conditions eventually reversed. A booming economy, with a growing labour shortage, has provided a much better climate for organization and negotiations. AUPE used its collective muscles in illegal but effective work actions and began to attract an unprecedented number of new members through mergers and organizations. In 1997, AUPE made previous returns and concluded 79 agreements for 30,000 members. In March 1998, members of the University of Alberta Hospital and Glenrose Hospital in Edmonton left work for six hours – enough to reach an agreement. In early 2000, the Edmonton auxiliary went on strike for two days and won a major transaction. Further successes followed, and although AUPE faced fines and freezes for its actions in defending its members, its financial situation began to improve.
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