Your bargaining committee met in mediation with the employer on Dec. 8, 9, 10 and 11 in Edmonton.
During mediation we were able to gain improvements to layoff and recall language and new workplace harassment and bullying language/protections. Both were outlined as key priorities in the bargaining survey.
The Board of Governors at the University of Lethbridge has ratified a two-year collective agreement with its support staff that will see the employees’ wages increase 4.25 per cent.
The agreement, reached with the help of a third-party mediator, reflects earlier settlements at other post-secondary institutions.
“This is a fair deal for both parties,” said Dale Perry, negotiator with the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, which represents the 470 support staff at the U of L. “A neutral third-party based his recommendations on the employer’s financial position, current economic conditions and the job market. This settlement reflects all these factors.”
The contract runs until June 30, 2016. In the first year, the employees will receive a two-per-cent wage increase and a $550 lump sum payment (prorated for part-time employees). In the second, they will receive a 2.25-per-cent wage increase.
The new collective agreement also includes improvements to benefits and provides job security language for all current employees.
The two sides began face-to-face collective bargaining in mid-June. When they reached an impasse in September, the union applied to the Alberta Labour Relations Board for mediation.
“It’s been a tough round of negotiations,” said AUPE Vice-President Carrie-Lynn Rusznak. “But in the end, the mediator recommended a fair, reasonable settlement that our members can build on.”
For more information, contact:
Carrie-Lynn Rusznak, AUPE Vice-President: (403) 542-1823
Dale Perry, AUPE staff negotiator: (780) 238-8697
Andrew Hanon, AUPE communications officer: (780) 932-7644
After months of negotiations, followed by mediation with government-appointed mediator Klaus Opatril, the mediator has written a report with recommendations on settling the outstanding items in collective bargaining.
The most significant item in dispute was wages. The mediator’s report provides for annual increases as follows:
January 1, 2014 – 3.00%
January 1, 2015 – 2.75%
January 1, 2016 – 2.75%
The bargaining committee will provide a summary of the mediators’s recommendations as well as a summary of the items agreed to during collective bargaining.
Members can learn the details of the mediator’s report and get their questions answered at information meetings on Wednesday, Dec. 17 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. in the SPSY meeting room.
The membership will have the opportunity to vote on the mediator’s recommendations on Friday Dec. 19. The vote will be held from 6:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the TAS Meeting Room 1.
Your bargaining committee thanks you for your patience, support and solidarity during this round of collective bargaining.
EDMONTON – Following four days of mediation in Edmonton, Alberta Health Services tabled rollbacks and concessions similar to ones during bargaining in 2011/12.