How Do I Join?
Organizing a union is not complicated, but it does take time, patience and hard work.
Step 1: Contact AUPE
The first step in joining AUPE is calling an organizer and learning how the union can help solve the issues at your workplace. We will work with you on how best to proceed with the union organizing drive.
Step 2: Form a Committee
We’ll gather a core group of people who will be spearheading the effort to organize. The members should reflect the variety of the jobs and backgrounds within your workplace. The organizer will explain all the legal “do“s and “don’t“s, and the committee will decide on an organizing strategy.
Step 3: Sign the Petition
The Alberta Labour Relation Code requires that you and your coworkers sign a petition saying you want to join AUPE. We will provide you with this petition that your employer never sees. After the petition has been signed by at least 40% of your workplace, AUPE can apply for union certification with the Alberta Labour Relations Board. But don’t sign the petition on employer time!
Step 4: Vote
The Alberta Labour Relations Board will conduct an investigation and will hold a secret ballot vote. Your employer will never know how you voted. To win the election, 50% + 1 of the people that come out to vote must vote YES for AUPE. If the election is successful, AUPE is now your union!
What Will I Pay?
Every AUPE member pays 1.25 per cent of their basic salary to AUPE in the form of tax-deductible union dues. Dues are not paid on overtime or premium payments.
This means if you make $2000 monthly, you will pay $25 in dues every month.
If you make $3000 monthly, you will pay $37.50 in dues every month.
If you make $4000 monthly, you will pay $50 in dues every month.
You do not pay any dues until you have a collective agreement voted on and approved by you and your coworkers.