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Mobilizing for Bargaining and Beyond

Dozens of new rounds of collective agreement bargaining are opening in late 2019 and early 2020. To win good contracts, AUPE members need strong Negotiating Teams that will make a plan together with fellow workers to support them.

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Two daylong bargaining conferences

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AUPE is holding two daylong bargaining conferences for members of new Negotiating Teams. Alternates and other members designated by their Locals may also attend.

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton (16615 109 Ave NW, Edmonton)

When: April 29 or April 30, 2019

Who: Members from 33 invited bargaining units, who are:
          - elected to new Negotiating Teams
          - alternates on new Negotiating Teams
          - other members interested, who are approved by their Local Chair

Deadline to apply: March 4, 2020

Apply online with:  AUPE's online registration system

Which bargaining units are invited?

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The two conferences are for bargaining units with new Negotiating Teams entering a new full round of negotiations before August 2020. The conferences are not for negotiations currently underway or for wage reopeners.

33 bargaining units, listed below, are invited. These units are all from three AUPE sectors: Education, Boards & Agencies, and Private Health Care. 

If you are from the union’s Education Sector or Boards & Agencies, and your bargaining unit is in the list below, please apply to attend on Wednesday, April 29.

If you are from AUPE’s Private Health Care sector, and your bargaining unit is in the list below, please apply to attend on Thursday, April 30.

HQ will pay for three delegates from each bargaining unit (in some cases, more).

Locals can send more delegates at their own expense, up to certain limits. The Education Department is communicating these limits to Component Officers.


Wed, April 29 – Education and Boards & Agencies

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  • Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission
  • Alberta Innovates
  • Alberta University of the Arts
  • Athabasca University
  • Bow Valley College
  • Edmonton Catholic School Division No. 7
  • Grande Prairie Regional College Fairview Campus
  • Innotech Alberta
  • Lakeland College
  • Lethbridge College
  • Living Waters Catholic Regional School District No. 42
  • Medicine Hat College
  • Northern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • NorQuest
  • Northern Lakes College
  • Olds College
  • Portage College
  • Red Deer College
  • Southern Alberta Institute of Technology
  • University of Calgary
  • University of Lethbridge

Thursday, April 30 – Private Health Care

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  • Brazeau Foundation
  • CapitalCare ANC
  • Capital Care GSS
  • Carewest ANC (Glenmore Park, Fanning and Colonel Belcher)
  • Carewest GSS (Glenmore Park, Fanning and Colonel Belcher)
  • Park Place Seniors Living Newport Harbour
  • Sheperd’s Care Vanguard Care Centre
  • Sheperd’s Care Barrhead
  • Sheperd’s Care Greenfield
  • Sheperd’s Care Kensington Village ANC
  • Sheperd’s Care Millwoods Care Centre ANC
  • Sheperd’s Care Millwoods Southside Manor

What should you expect?

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Local Chairs will approve applicants to attend by March 11.

AUPE Education will send you an email with a welcome letter and with your Time Off Request at least three weeks prior to the conference, by April 8.

We will also email you a short assignment. Finishing the assignment before you arrive will help prepare you to get the most out of the conference.  

At the conference, you will take part in a series of engaging activities. You will learn to mobilize your fellow workers in support of bargaining...and beyond.

The conference will help you take action in the workplace to get your co-workers involved. You will learn to have organizing conversations that build relationships. We will identify the union resources you can count on to succeed.

We hope you leave energized and confident in how to get results at the negotiating table.

Accommodations and Transportation

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Accommodation will be provided only for members who reside 150 km or more away from the hotel.

Accommodations will be booked for eligible members at the same location as the event, at the DoubleTree by Hilton, 16615 109 Ave NW, Edmonton.

AUPE will cover the cost of shared double accommodation.

You may have the option to upgrade to single accommodation.

If this option is available, the difference plus applicable fees will be at your own expense.

The anticipated cost to upgrade to single accommodation is approximately $100.

You will be asked to provide a credit card authorization upon check in if you wish to upgrade to single accommodation.

If you wish to have incidental room services available, you will have to provide a credit card authorization prior to check in.


AUPE is not organizing bus transportation for this event. Members will have to travel to the venue, as per the Member Explain Claim rules.

Please carpool if possible.

For further information

Please contact Megan Atkinson at
or 1-800-232-7284 or 780-930-3341