AUPE was only ten years old in the summer of ’86, when a wave of strikes swept through the province including Gainers, Fletchers, Zeidlers, Suncor and our own AUPE members at Alberta Liquor Control Board (ALCB). The strike wave followed a global recession in 1982 after which Alberta workers, having absorbed unemployment, pay cuts, intensified work for less pay and worsening working conditions said “enough is enough.”
AUPE members are invited to two upcoming events in Edmonton and Calgary that will look back at this important moment in Alberta history that can teach us lessons for today.
Calgary: Labouring Cowtown – A Look Back at Alberta Labour History
Sunday, May 29 at 3 p.m., John Dutton Theatre, Calgary Public Library, 616 MacLeod Trail SE
Admission is free, but register in advance to reserve your seat.
The event includes “Memories of 1986”—a presentation by Gordon Christie, AUPE Life Member and former Calgary and District Labour Council Executive Secretary Organizer, who will look back at the 57-day strike by AUPE members against the Alberta Liquor Control Board, which commenced on July 31, 1986. Also included is Packingtown—a multi-media musical performance by Alberta singer songwriter Maria Dunn.
Edmonton: Summer of ’86: A Thirty-Year Commemoration
Saturday, June 4 at 1 p.m., Ukrainian Centre, 11018 97 Street
Admission is free, but register in advance to confirm meals and child care.
This day-long participatory workshop will bring the history of the summer of ’86 to life for a new generation of labour movement activists. Lunch and dinner are provided and childcare is available with advance registration. Also included is Packingtown—a multi-media musical performance by Alberta singer songwriter Maria Dunn.
We hope you will be able to attend these events, and help AUPE bring our history to life. This year, AUPE is celebrating our 40th anniversary, and we are also preparing for the 100th anniversary of our forerunner organization, the Civil Service Association of Alberta, in 2019.
We are drawing inspiration from our history to continue our work of representing and supporting our members and advocating for the rights and well being of all working people. For more information about AUPE’s Centennial Project visit aupe2019.com or contact Ron Patterson, Centennial Project Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org.