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Legal Aid Red Deer joins AUPE!

Posted January 26, 2015 in Government Services, Union Updates

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees welcomes staff at Legal Aid in Red Deer who voted to join Alberta’s largest union on Jan. 24.

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Bargaining update: Local 020 ATB Financial

Posted January 23, 2015 in Boards/Agencies/Local Government

Your bargaining committee and the employer’s representatives began third-party mediation on Monday, Jan. 19. Two days of meetings were originally scheduled, but it was adjourned on the first day when it became clear that we would be unable to reach an agreement.

Discussions will be held with the mediator in the second week of February to determine the next steps in the process. Our options are to resume the mediation process or to proceed to binding arbitration.

We will advise you of the next course of action as soon as it’s determined, but the meantime rest assured that your committee will continue to work diligently to secure a fair, reasonable collective agreement for all Local 020 members.

Again, we caution all members to be wary of gossip and rumours about bargaining. The best way to ensure you are getting accurate, reliable information is through these updates, checking www.aupe.org, or contacting your bargaining committee members directly.

Thank you for your continued support, solidarity and patience.

Local 020 bargaining committee:
Val Boettger – Committee Member
Marie Griffith – Committee Chair
Joanne Kilpatrick – Committee Member
Cheryll Simoni – Committee Member

Berend Wilting – AUPE Member Service Officer
Lloyd C Glibbery – AUPE Union Rep (Negotiations)

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AUPE media release: Public invited to free premiere of Alberta seniors documentary

Posted January 22, 2015 in Health Care

The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees will release a new documentary film examining the state of seniors care on Monday, Feb. 2 at a free screening in Edmonton.

Numbers on a Page: the Seniors Care Crisis in Alberta explores Alberta Health Services’ closure of small town long-term care facilities and the devastating effect on families and communities.

The half-hour documentary also looks at the government’s moves to hand more and more responsibility for seniors care to the private sector without adequate oversight and accountability.

“This is an issue of concern to all Albertans,” said AUPE Vice-President Karen Weiers, who chairs the union’s Anti-Privatization Committee. “Our population is aging, and at some point all families will have to turn to our seniors care system for help caring for a loved one.”

AUPE is also launching a new website, www.putseniorsfirst.com, as a resource for families and seniors in care. It will contain practical information, tips and data to help Albertans understand and navigate the complex system.

“Our seniors built this province,” said AUPE Vice-President Glen Scott, who sits on Public Interest Alberta’s seniors task force. “We owe it to them to ensure that Alberta has the best continuing care possible.”

The screening will be at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 2 at the Citadel Theatre in Edmonton, 9828 – 101A Ave. Doors open at 6:30. After the film, there will be a panel discussion including seniors advocates and participants in the documentary. A reception will follow.

Admission is free, but seating is limited. People can reserve their seats by going to www.putseniorsfirst.com or by calling (780) 930-5287.

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A trailer for the documentary can be viewed at www.putseniorsfirst.com.

For more information, contact:

Karen Weiers, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 561-2482
Glen Scott, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 479-4508
Merryn Edwards, AUPE communications officer: (780) 592-1951

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Bargaining Update - AHS GSS

Posted January 22, 2015 in Health Care, GSS2014

The latest

Mediation with Alberta Health Services resumed Jan. 19 and was scheduled to continue into Jan. 20. However, talks broke down before noon on the first day as it was clear AHS had no intention of moving bargaining forward. In fact, they pushed to move it backward.

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