Most AUPE members work in a sector that is funded by the government of Alberta through their annual budgets. These budgets directly impact the services we provide, as well as our working conditions.
In the 2015 election, the Progressive Conservatives proposed a budget cut of $1 billion. It’s hard to imagine a cut that big wouldn't impact front line services.
With Alberta’s first change in government in 44 years, we saw the $1 billion cut reversed. The NDP government restored this funding, which kept many AUPE members working and providing for their families during a tough recession.
But the NDP government hasn't fixed everything. AUPE members have faced challenges at the bargaining table and are still overworked.
The future of public service funding is also concerning. The NDP government tabled a budget in 2018 which showed their plans for future budgets through to 2023. Their future budgets will not properly fund our public services. They are not planning to increase funding alongside Alberta’s growing population and rising inflation. This is just like any cut to services, and would mean AUPE members would have to do more with less.
On the other hand, the United Conservative Party wants a big tax giveaway for the wealthiest Albertans and profitable corporations. Their plan would result in billions of dollars cut in one four year term. Cuts of this size would make life harder for AUPE members at work and at home.
AUPE believes our government should be funding public services to at least meet population growth and inflation pressures. Alberta’s political parties need to do better and invest in the work we do.