Your bargaining committee met with the employer for negotiations over three days at the end of May. During those sessions, we were able to sign off on an amended grievance procedure article, and were able to successfully introduce new articles on Contracting Out and Job Posting.

The contracting out article stipulates the employer may not contract out services that would displace regular employees without first consulting the union, and must provide at least 60 days’ notice of any plans to contract out.

Unfortunately, however, the good news ends there. Your employer tabled a monetary package that we feel does not respect the work of the members. We were disappointed by the employer’s proposal, which includes zero salary increases for 2018 and 2019, and a wage reopener in 2020.

The employer has also proposed to eliminate variable pay (performance bonuses), reduce general illness leave, cancel the progression training program and reduce vehicle allowances. Needless to say, your committee was very disheartened to see the employer put these heavy-handed proposals on the table.

Your committee is working on a comprehensive response to bring to the table during our next bargaining meetings on July 12 and 13. We will also explore the potential for mediation after those dates.

As always, we remain committed to providing you timely updates on the status of our collective bargaining. If you have any questions or comments in the meantime, please contact a bargaining committee member or AUPE resource staff member listed below.

Gayle Burkholder
Donna Kowalchuk
Lisa Ledwidge

Dale Perry, Negotiator 1-800-232-7284 or
Dave Malka, Organizer 1-800-232-7284 or
Mariam Ibrahim, Communications Officer, 1-800-232-7284 or