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Bargaining Update: Government Services Bargaining Committee

Essential services agreement signed; informal mediation commences

Jul 29, 2021

Essential services agreement signed; informal mediation commences

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Your Government Services Bargaining Committee (GSBC) approved the Essential Services Agreement (ESA) negotiated with the Government of Alberta (GOA), and it has been signed by AUPE President Guy Smith.

The ESA was delivered to the Alberta Labour Relations Board (ALRB) earlier today.

Your GSBC met with the Employer and the independent mediator on July 21 and 22, with additional dates scheduled for August 13, 16 and 20th.

Please note that, in accordance with the ESA, in the event of a labour dispute, it is the Union’s responsibility to schedule Designated Essential Workers (DESW). These numbers are detailed in the ESA by position, Department, and region.
In the event you may be required to work as a DESW, AUPE needs to have your accurate contact information to schedule your shifts.  If you would like to know more about how these processes work together, please refer to this recent Bargaining Update.

You can update your information here or – if you don’t know your member number - by calling the Members Resource Centre between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. from Monday to Friday (excluding statutory holidays), toll-free, at 1-800-232-7284.

We encourage you to share this information with your co-workers who may not receive these updates, but please do not use the Employer’s e-mail address.

Your Government Services Bargaining Committee (GSBC)

Rebecca Leblanc, (GSBC Vice-chair), Local 001,
Andrea Waywanko, Local 002,
Dax Lydiard, Local 003,
Steve Eagles, Local 004,
Randy Ramsden, Local 005,
Tom Grinnell, Local 006,
Angela Pala, Local 009,
Terrie Wispinski, Local 012,

AUPE staff resources

Dale Perry, negotiations spokesperson,
Merryn Edwards, negotiations spokesperson,
Julie Jacques, organizing,
Terry Inigo-Jones, communications,
Mimi Williams, communications,


News Category

  • Bargaining updates


  • 001 - Administrative and Support Services
  • 002 - Administrative and Program Services
  • 003 - Correctional and Regulatory Services
  • 004 - Trades and Related Services
  • 005 - Natural Resources Conservation
  • 006 - Social Services
  • 009 - Health and Support Services
  • 012 - Technical and Field Services


  • Government Services

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