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Government Services Bargaining Update #1: Preparation is well underway

Update for Locals 001, 002, 003, 004, 005, 006, 009 & 012, Government of Alberta Staff

Dec 11, 2023

The time to get involved is now – join the fight!

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Your Government Services negotiating team is getting ready for the largest round of bargaining the province has ever seen. 

Here’s a recap of what we’ve accomplished so far: 

  • We kicked off with the Government of Alberta (GoA) bargaining conference at AUPE headquarters on Sept. 13. We received detailed reports from key AUPE departments: Negotiations, Research and Essential Services Agreements and the GoA representatives in attendance also created the bargaining surveys which our members received in early November.  
  • We had a great turnout of 35 GoA representatives who attended the bargaining training and orientation course from Oct. 18 to 19. 
  • The Government Services Bargaining Committee (GSBC) held our first meeting on Nov. 16 to have a detailed discussion on the structure of negotiations and begin reviewing the bargaining survey responses and ingoing proposals.  

One of our main priorities is to make sure this round of negotiations more inclusive – that's why we’ll have three members from each Local negotiating team on hand for expert support at the bargaining table. A full list of these members can be found at the end of this bargaining update.* 

We also met with each Local Committee throughout Nov. 17 – 27, followed by an all GoA Locals meeting on Nov. 28, to have a full review of the process and detailed discussion with reps from the Negotiations, Research and ESA departments.  

Nov. 28

What’s coming up 

The Locals will be reviewing the member surveys and the GSBC representative for each Local will be ready to bring your issues to the proposal meetings on the dates below: 

January 2024 - GSBC meetings: 
Thursday, Jan. 11, 2024  
Friday, Jan. 12, 2024  
Saturday, Jan. 13, 2024  

February 2024 - GSBC meetings: 
Tuesday, Feb. 6, 2024  
Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2024  
Thursday, Feb. 8, 2024  
Friday, Feb. 9, 2024  

As you can see a lot has happened and there is still much more work to be done in this crucial round of bargaining.  

AUPE members have been under extreme financial pressures due to high inflation, out of control interest rates and heavy workloads coupled with short staffing. We know there’s a lot at stake and we’re going to fight to make some serious gains. 

With your Collective Agreement expiring on March 31, 2024, we will be sending the employer AUPE’s written notice to bargain on Jan. 2, 2024. In this letter we will request to exchange bargaining proposals mid to late February and meeting dates for negotiations in March.  

During this round of negotiations, we will be sending regular bargaining updates to your email on file. Please make sure your personal information is updated here:  

Your negotiating team cannot be successful without your full support and active participation. The time to get involved is now – join the fight! 

GoA Government Services Bargaining Committee (GSBC): 

Guy Smith, GSBC Chair 

Local 001  
Kathleen Buss, GSBC Representative    

Local support team*  
Evina Lee 

Alexi Alva 

Paula-Jo Flemming 

Local 002 
Lorraine Ellis, GSBC Representative    

Local support team* 
Jacqueline Bruglemans  

Trevor Eliott  

Michael Decker 

Local 003 
Dax Lydiard, GSBC Representative  

Local support team 
William MacAoud 

Thierry Ramsamy 

Matthew Bolduc 

Local 004 
Steven Eagles, GSBC Representative    

Local support team 
Ron Jones   

Shaun Hummel   

Bowman Pringle  

Local 005 
Jeffrey Bleach, GSBC Representative  

Local support team 
Shawna Lund  

David Downs  

Neil McNalty 

Local 006 
Rob Poggemiller, GSBC Representative 

Local support team 
Remona Fox  

Odain Brown  

Theresa Prawdzik 

Local 009 
Russell Clark, GSBC Representative    

Local Support team 
Samantha Samborski   

Tammy Zimmerman   

Angela Pala  

Local 012 
Richard Hansen, GSBC Representative     

Local support team 
Catherine Taylor  

Jason Harris  

Julie Hepburn 

AUPE Resource Staff 

James Mitchell, Negotiator  

Cindy Troake, Member Services Officer (Local 001)  

Brandon Hammond, Member Services Officer (Local 002)    

Hijal De Sarker, Member Services Officer (Local 003)  

Steve Cowtan, Member Services Officer (Local 004 & Local 005)     

Richard Hines, Member Services Officer (Local 006) 

Tammy McNeil, Member Services Officer (Local 009)  

Anamaria Antonescu, Member Services Officer (Local 012)  

Stephanie Stewart, Organizer (Local 001, Local 004 and Local 009)  

Amal Jama, Organizer (Local 002 and Local 012)  

Michelle Szalynski, Organizer (Local 003, Local 005 and Local 006)  



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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