To all the members at Hardisty Care Centre:
On November 22, 2011 your bargaining committee held a series of meetings to update you on the status of negotiations with your employer. At that time we reported that we had been in mediation on November 14 and 15, 2011 and that while your employer had revised their position on a number of outstanding issues, they had not changed their position on the wage offer. You have directed us and told us that your proposal on wages was the only acceptable outcome. We would not be accepting wages that in three years from now would STILL be significantly behind the current industry standards. Your employer requested we conduct a vote on their offer and we said no. We told your employer that if they wanted a vote they could exercise Section 69 of the Labour Relations Code. At the time they said they would not be exercising that option.
Members participate in AUPE’s Introduction to Your Union course at union headquarters Nov. 29, in Edmonton. AUPE labour education courses are considered among the best in Canada.
GSS bargaining information meeting and ratification vote schedules are on AUPE’s website for Alberta Health Services General Support Services members to view.
AUPE Vice President Glen Scott and member Bill Piggott talk to kids at the Medicine Hat Area Council Children’s Christmas Party at the YMCA on Nov. 27. Activities included swimming, rock climbing, a bouncy castle, and more.
The mediator’s report for General Support Services members working for Alberta Health Services is available online by clicking the blue, yellow and grey GSS icon on the upper right side of the AUPE homepage, just above the television icon.
ATB Financial employees (Local 020) held an information picket outside the Tudor Glen branch in St. Albert on Nov. 25. The next information picket will be in Calgary on Dec. 15. AUPE has applied for arbitration to break the impasse in collective bargaining with ATB.
Santa put in an appearance at the Camrose Area Council’s Christmas Party on Nov. 27. The jolly old elf distributed presents to the children as they decorated cookies and made Christmas crafts.
A large group of AUPE local 054 members listen to staff negotiator Kevin Davediuk discuss mediator’s recommendations at the Polish Hall Nov. 23 in Edmonton. AUPE’s 22,000 General Support Services employees for Alberta Health Services have been in a tough round of bargaining with the employer since March. Similar bargaining information meetings are currently taking place around the province.
EDMONTON – The Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner has given Alberta Health Services 50 days to disclose documents explaining the decision not to redevelop Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
AUPE Vice Presidents joined worksite activists from Bow Valley College Local 071/011 at an information picket in Calgary Nov. 23. Bow Valley College employees are working to get a fair collective agreement from their employer.