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Direct Impact

Welcome to the Winter 2020 edition of Direct Impact
This is the first digital issue of AUPE’s Direct Impact magazine. While the format may be different from the print edition you’re used to, the kind of stories we’re telling about our union, our workplaces and our issues stays the same.
In this edition, we focus on fighting back. Our jobs are under attack. Our wages are under attack. Our pensions are under attack. Our right to bargain fair contracts is under attack. The vital services we provide are under attack.
What do we do when we’re under attack? Stand up. Fight back.
We look at these attacks and how AUPE members are leading the drive for direct action.

We give you the latest news on wage arbitration and the beginning of bargaining for new collective agreements. We know working short is a major issue for many and we give you tools to report problems so we can advocate for changes.

Let us know what you think of this edition of Direct Impact and email us with your story ideas at

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Jan 04, 2018

Fighting for Pharmacare

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_Unions and health advocates have set their sights on a national prescription drug plan_
By Merryn Edwards, Communications Staff

Have you ever worried about

Jan 03, 2018

Fortune Teller

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As AUPE predicted, pension funds have continued to grow sustainably.

Jan 03, 2018

Risky Business

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“There’s an opportunity now to modernize NAFTA to strengthen labour protections and make them subject to trade sanctions.” - Mike Dempsey, AUPE Vice-President

Jan 03, 2018

The Opiod Epidemic

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Just a few grains of fentanyl powder is enough to take an individual down. For those on the front lines, the risk of accidental exposure is growing rapidly.