December 6, 2017 Bargaining Update

The committee has met on November 27th-28th and December 4th-6th, 2017 with the employer. We had meaningful dialogue with the employer about significant issues with our proposal. We have made some progress and have signed off on 14 articles with current language and/or house keeping changes. 

We are looking to set more dates in January and February to continue the bargaining process. 

We ask for continued support from our members. 

MEMBER UPDATE: PSPP FULLY FUNDED, BOARD APPROVES VARIABLE RATE REDUCTION

There is good news for Alberta Union of Provincial Employees members from the Public Service Pension (PSP) Board.

For the first time since 2006, the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) is fully funded, meaning the assets of the plan have reached a high enough level to provide AUPEmembers their pension benefits earned under the PSPP.

We are also pleased to inform you that the PSP Board has approved an assessment report that reveals a much-improved funded position of the PSPP, and has approved a variable rate reduction between 1.4 and 1.9 per cent, based on an annual income threshold of $55,300, which means more money in your pocket. (read more...)

Bargaining Update

The committee has asked for many changes and additions to the collective agreement. Be advised over 75,000 AUPE members are currently in bargaining this year and are hoping for good results. The Local 50 Bargaining Committee has 5 dates this falls to bargain with the employer. 

Disability Management Program Grievance/Arbitration

Recently AUPE has mailed out a memo to all Local 50 members about the status of the disability management program grievance/arbitration. If you have not received the letter in the mail, please contact your Local 50 Chair, Peter Snowdon.

Points West Living Cold Lake Members Ratify Agreement, Lockout Ends

Our Sisters and Brothers at Points West Living Cold Lake have ratified their agreement and the lockout ends. 

COLD LAKE – Seniors care workers at Points West Living (PWL) Cold Lake ratified a first collective agreement June 22, ending an employer lockout that began Dec. 16. (Read more..)

Bill 4: Know your bargaining rights. Learn how new labour laws may affect you.

Alberta’s labour relations landscape is changing. The Alberta government passed a new labour relations law this spring that could impact your collective bargaining rights. Until now in Alberta, most public sector workers have been under a blanket ban preventing them from exercising their fundamental right to strike in the case of a bargaining dispute. Bill 4, An Act to Implement a Supreme Court Ruling Governing Essential Services, reverses that ban for most public sector workers. It also ensures that the most essential services in Alberta aren’t interrupted in the case of a strike. So what does this mean and how will it affect you? (Read more..)

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