EDMONTON – Front-line government employees in the Solicitor General and social service systems are at high risk of contracting H1N1 influenza and should be on the priority list for early vaccination, says the president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees.
Like health care workers, Correctional employees, probation officers, provincial Sheriffs, child protection workers, youth care workers, addictions counselors, nurses in Correctional facilities and many others face higher-than-average risk of contracting the disease because of the nature of the population with which they work, said AUPE President Guy Smith.
AUPE’s Auxiliary Nursing Care joint bargaining team met with Alberta Health Services Oct. 30 to ensure their collective agreement operates properly with a single employer. The team represents members from Locals 41, 43, 44, 45 and 46.
The AUPE Local 047/027 bargaining team for Kensington Village General Support Services workers met at headquarters Oct. 30 to negotiate their first contract with the employer.
EDMONTON – AUPE is seeking volunteers from among the union’s members to serve on standing committees.
AUPE has 13 permanent committees established by the union’s constitution to advise the Provincial Executive on matters of concern to AUPE members.
Shirley Shostak, a University of Alberta employee, used her vacation time this week to set up a table in the Students Union Building to collect signatures for the Save Alberta Hospital petition. The petition drive wraps up on Oct. 30.
EDMONTON – The Alberta Union of Provincial Employees does not intend to negotiate a wage freeze with Alberta Health Services or any other employer when a collective agreement containing annual pay increases is in place, AUPE President Guy Smith said today.
Governments and their agencies should not try to use the current economic downturn as an excuse to reduce or outsource public services, Smith added.
General Support Services representatives making progress in transition meetings with Alberta Health Services
EDMONTON – Representatives from AUPE Locals 054, 056, 057, and 095 have signed off on a large number of Articles and Letters of Understanding in GSS transition meetings with representatives from Alberta Health Services.
“Every bargaining unit that is affected by the transition talks has a representative at the table. Together, we have made steady headway in our transition discussions with the employer,” said AUPE Staff Negotiator Malcolm McNaughton.
AUPE President asks members and concerned citizens from across Alberta to take part in “Stop the Cuts” rally Nov. 7
EDMONTON – AUPE President Guy Smith is encouraging members from every sector of the union and the public at large to take part in the “Stop the Cuts” rally at the Progressive Conservative Convention in Red Deer on November 7.
“It’s time for all of us who are affected by cuts to public services to be seen and heard by the decision-makers in this province, and there’s no better opportunity than the PC Convention in November,” said Smith.
AUPE members attending the introduction to your union course at the East Central Regional Office in Camrose pose for a group photo.
AUPE President Guy Smith fielded questions from reporters at the Alberta Legislature in Edmonton on the first day of the Fall 2009 session.