AUPE President Guy Smith joined picketers during yesterday’s information rally in support of 200 AUPE members who work for Strathcona County. Employees are looking for a fair collective agreement that properly reflects Alberta’s economic realities.
Sherwood Park – Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), their families, friends and the community are urged to support Strathcona County staff by attending their information rally today.
Above: AUPE members staff a phone bank to urge their sisters and brothers in the four byelection ridings to get out and vote.
The president of Alberta’s largest union is urging eligible members to make their voices heard in the Oct. 27 provincial byelections.
“We are contacting nearly 2,900 members who live in the four ridings to encourage them to vote,” said Guy Smith, President of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. “We aren’t endorsing any particular candidate, but we do urge our members to educate themselves about the issues and vote for the candidate they feel best represents their interests.”
He added, “The Redford era saw unprecedented attacks on members, with attempts to slash pensions, erode workers’ rights and secretly plan to freeze wages. But our members also saw that when we’re united, we can bring about powerful change. We plan to keep that momentum going. Regardless of which candidates are running or which party wins these by-elections, AUPE members will continue to support those issues that matter to them, their families, and their communities.”
Four byelections are scheduled for Oct. 27: Calgary-Elbow, Calgary-Foothills, Calgary-West and Edmonton-Whitemud.
For more information, contact:
Guy Smith, AUPE President: (780) 265-2294
Tyler Bedford, AUPE communications officer: (780) 298-7626
Opposition leaders Brian Mason, Raj Sherman and Danielle Smith wear Alberta Way sunglasses after squaring off at the Leaders’ Forum Friday at AUPE’s annual Convention in Edmonton. To see the full video of the forum, click on the link below.