Past, present and even potential future members of AUPE as well as other community partners are invited to get involved with the Centennial Committee to help provide AUPE members and all Albertans with opportunities to learn about: The history of AUPE and the ways working people continue to make history, shaping the future of the province they live and work in; The invaluable contributions of AUPE to the broader history and development of Alberta, in particular to the services that Albertans need and deserve; The importance of historical knowledge and perspectives as a means to achieve AUPE’s overall goals of representing and mobilizing our members and advocating for the well-being of working people in Alberta.
Module 1 of the new AUPE Education Series: Unions and the Working Class Experience
Coming soon - our first module in an educational series which traces the history of the trade union movement from it's inception to our current era. These engaging and highly visual educational booklets not only describe the history of unions they also profile the lives and achievements of working class activists, their struggles and the communities and the institutions that they built.
This booklet published for AUPE’s 40th Anniversary outlines the history of the AUPE and its predecessor, the Civil Service Association of Alberta. The booklet describes how as a new union AUPE organized and defied the draconian Public Service Employee Relations Act in 1980 – an Act designed to permanently cripple their organization. By doing so the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees served notice that the new union would not be intimidated or controlled by government. Although many challenges lay ahead, a new era of provincial workers’ rights had begun.
“40 Years of Solidarity: Looking Back at the Events That Shaped Our Union,” was designed as a supplement to AUPE’s Direct Impact magazine. The booklet profiles four decades of activism and solidarity. Using a detailed timeline approach it describes the birth of AUPE in 1976 and gives descriptions of many of the important campaigns and job actions that helped galvanize AUPE member into a united front. The insert also celebrates many members who helped shape AUPE into the strong public defender of public services that it is today.
The fourth and most recent poster in our centennial series profiles "100 years of Civil Service." The poster in a homage to all the workers who have helped build and protect the public services that we rely on every day, these are the services which make Alberta such a wonderful place to work and call home.
Poster number three is an evocative image which celebrates and shows the power and importance of women workers who have been central in helping build our union and the labour movement in general. In 2017 the percentage of women members in AUPE stands at well over 70%. The poster and the Centennial Project hope to pay tribute to the contribution of women workers in our union and to inspire a new generation of women to lead the organization in the future.
The Centennial Project wants to tell the story of Labour and the working class through as many types of media a possible so we commissioned a series of posters to celebrate some of the major events and themes in the history of AUPE and working people in general. The first poster salutes the work, struggle and dignity of generations of workers who's sacrifices helped to built the labour movement.
The second poster in our series looks at what was called the "Apples and Oranges" strike of 1980. This wildcat strike was a watershed moment that helped give the newly founded union confidence and showed the Alberta government that public employees couldn't be bullied and taken for granted.