After nine years serving as an AUPE vice-president, Erez Raz will be stepping down to join the staff at AUPE headquarters in Edmonton.

Effective Oct. 31, Raz will take on the position of Union Rep, specializing in areas of health and safety, disabilities and WCB.

AUPE President Guy Smith thanked Raz for his dedication as vice-president and congratulated him on his new role with the union representing members in a new but familiar way.

“Personally, and on behalf of the Executive Committee, I would like to thank Brother Raz for his dedication as part of the Executive Committee team,” AUPE President Guy Smith said. “We have all been through many struggles together and his passion, tenacity and friendship will be missed. We look forward to welcoming the newest member of our team, who will be elected by the delegates at our upcoming Convention.”

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Raz spent more than 17 years as a Correctional Peace Officer at the Edmonton Remand Centre and before that was a devoted AUPE activist, holding the position of chapter vice-chair and council representative for Local 003/008.

He was first elected to the position of vice-president on Oct. 26, 2007, during the 31st annual Convention.

During his tenure as vice-president, Raz was a leading advocate for occupational health and safety rights. As chair of the occupational health and safety committee he was instrumental in promoting important campaigns and lobbying governments for better safety regulations to protect workers across the province.

“Leaving my role as vice-president after nine fulfilling and meaningful years is bittersweet,” Raz said. “Over the years I have worked with and developed valuable relationships with our dedicated members and I will always be grateful to them for trusting me to represent their interests. I look forward to my new challenge as I step into this role with AUPE and promise to continue to work on behalf of our membership across the province.”

Raz’s move will vacate a vice-president position, triggering a by-election to be held at AUPE’s upcoming 40th annual Convention in Edmonton this October. Full details on the by-election process can be found here.