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Bargaining Update - AHS GSS

Posted December 15, 2014 in Health Care

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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.

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U of L ratifies two-year collective agreement with support staff

Posted December 15, 2014 in Education

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

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