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Media Release: AUPE members vote overwhelmingly to ratify GoA deal

AUPE members vote overwhelmingly to ratify deal with Government of Alberta
 Agreement includes employment security, wage raises

Dec 13, 2021

Agreement includes employment security, wage raises

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AUPE members employed by the Government of Alberta have voted overwhelmingly to ratify an agreement with the employer, the union announced today (Monday, Dec. 13).
“This round of bargaining has been the most challenging we have faced for many years,” says Guy Smith, president of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE), which represents about 95,000 workers in the province, including about 22,000 direct government workers.
“While these negotiations proceeded, our members have worked through a deadly global pandemic while continuing to provide vital services to Albertans. We appreciate the determination our members displayed to support each other and their negotiating team. They stood strongly opposed to the proposed employer concessions and to secure a collective agreement that respects them and the services they provide,” says Smith.

Approximately 46 per cent of those eligible to vote cast ballots. Of those, 91 per cent voted in favour.
The agreement, which will expire March 31, 2024, includes:

  • Employment Security for permanent staff will stay in effect until Dec. 31, 2022;
  • 1.25% salary increase effective Jan. 1, 2023;
  • Minimum 1.5% salary increase with potential for additional 0.5% increase based on economic factors effective Sept. 1, 2023; and
  • 8% salary increase for employees performing duties as part of the Rural Alberta Provincial Integrated Defence (RAPID) Response force as a result of significant expansion of policing duties, responsibilities and risks. The 8% increase will be retroactive to April 1, 2021, and remain in place as long as RAPID exists.

The government withdrew concessions it had been seeking, including:

  • 4% salary rollback;
  • Elimination of employment security;
  • Significant reduction in shift differential pay;
  • Significant reduction in weekend premium pay;
  • Elimination of the paid Christmas closure days;
  • Added benefit plan costs for employees;
  • Reductions in overtime pay; and
  • Reductions in the Health Spending Account (HSA) provisions

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AUPE President Guy Smith is available for interviews.

For further information or to arrange an interview, please contact:
Terry Inigo-Jones, communications officer,


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