Executive Director — Ron Hodgins
Ron Hodgins’ union background spans 30 years, starting as an elected officer with the Canadian Paperworkers Union (now the Communications, Energy and Paperworkers Union of Canada) in Northern Ontario. He later was employed in similar roles with CEP in Hinton, Alberta.
During his eventful career in labour relations, Hodgins created a union from the ground up called the Health Care Employees Union of Alberta and has been involved in all facets of labour relations, including negotiating contracts, conducting arbitrations, organizing unions and co-ordinating strikes. He has run as a candidate for provincial political office. He is a graduate of the Labour College of Canada and studied labour relations in Europe for approximately a year while working extensively with European unions during that time.
As AUPE’s Executive Director, Hodgins is responsible for the supervision of the union’s approximately 110 staff members and working with AUPE’s management team.
Hodgins is an avid outdoorsman and enjoys camping, fishing and hunting.
P: 780-930-3344 or 1-800-232-7284
Director, Labour Relations — Carl Soderstrom
As AUPE’s Director of Labour Relations, Carl Soderstrom is responsible for directing the functions of the Union’s Disputes and Arbitration, WCB, Occupational Health & Safety, Disabilities, Pensions, Research, and Education departments.
Soderstrom has been involved in the union movement since 1992, where he started as the Labour Relations Co-ordinator for the Canadian Health Care Guild. He was subsequently promoted to that union’s Director of Advocacy. He has presented numerous cases before the Labour Relations Board, arbitration panels, Employment Insurance tribunals and professional licensing boards. He has also negotiated various collective agreements. When the Guild joined AUPE in 1999, Soderstrom followed and became an employee of AUPE as a Union Representative – Special Projects. He briefly worked for the United Nurses of Alberta in the latter part of 2004 and early 2005 when he returned to AUPE in March of 2005 as Director of Labour Relations.
Soderstrom has also been AUPE’s Staff Advisor on pensions. He has served as both trustee and board members for Alberta’s two largest pension plans – Trustee of the Local Authorities Pension Plan for 7 years (including a term as Vice Chair of the Board) and Board member of Public Service Pension Plan for 2 years (including Chair of the Investment Committee).
Soderstrom is a regular lecturer at the University of Alberta for both the Bachelor of Commerce and Masters of Business Administration programs. He also lectures at the Faculty of Law on labour law and organizing.
Soderstrom has a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics from York University in Toronto. He holds an honours standing with the Canadian Securities Institute for the Canadian Securities Course and has successfully completed the Advanced Trustee Managements Standards Program and the Pension Investment Management School.
Soderstrom is an avid fly fisherman and a former inter-national level wrestler and rugby player. He enjoys spending most of his free time with his wife and five children.
P: 780-930-3340 or 1-800-232-7284
Supervisor, Labour Relations – Jim Petrie
Jim Petrie supervises Labour Relations staff in Calgary, Lethbridge, Red Deer, and Camrose.
Bio to come.
P: 780-930-3335 or 1-800-232-7284
Supervisor, Labour Relations – Tim Gough
Tim Gough supervises Labour Relations staff in Edmonton, Peace River, Athabasca, and Grande Prairie.
Bio to come.
P: 780-930-5217 or 1-800-232-7284
Supervisor, Support Services – Linda Michaleski
Linda Michaleski, AUPE’s Supervisor of Support Staff, is responsible for directing the work of all administrative support staff province wide, including secretaries, Central Records staff and receptionists.
Linda joined AUPE in 1981 as a secretary in the Labour Relations Section at the former AUPE offices on 124 Street in Edmonton. Since then, she has worked in various administrative support jobs for several AUPE departments, including Negotiations, Organizing, Education, and Disputes and Arbitration.
During the 1980s, Linda played an active role in her union, the Civil Service Office Workers Union (CSOWU), including acting as a Union Steward and as the union’s spokesperson during negotiations.
In January 2005, after 24 years with AUPE, she joined the union’s Management Team.
Linda describes herself as a “baseball mom” and enjoys spending time with her family – especially her two grandchildren.
P: 780-930-3356 or 1-800-232-7284
Director, IT and Services – Mike Moskaluk
As AUPE’s Director of IT and Services, Michael Moskaluk is responsible for directing the functions related to Information Technology, Information Systems (Records) and Print Production (Mailroom). Information Technology includes the operation of the AUPE Data Centre, local and wide area networks, desktop support for all AUPE staff and Executive, business technology assets including video conferencing, and IT requirements for AUPE special events including Convention and Labour School. Information Systems includes the processing of membership dues information, report and mailing list generation, and membership cards. The Print Production area produces the majority of AUPE’s print materials for both internal and external distribution and is responsible for the processing of education course materials and communications materials including Impact.
Moskaluk has a diploma in Journalism from Lethbridge College. He was an AUPE member from 1980-1987 and then was employed by AUPE in the Communications Department.
Moskaluk enjoys hunting, fishing and photography. He has a Fireworks Supervisor I designation and assists with fireworks shows throughout Alberta.
P: 780-930-3308 or 1-800-232-7284
Supervisor, Financial Services – Corey Battrick (temporary)
As AUPE’s Supervisor of Financial Services, Corey Battrick is responsible for directing the functions related to the accounting department. This includes payables, payroll, receivables, and review of local books.
P: 780-930-3377 or 1-800-232-7284