EDMONTON—Alberta’s largest union is preparing for the most intense round of collective bargaining the province has ever seen.
Approximately 81,000 members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) will begin negotiations with their employers in 2024, including the tens of thousands working for the Government of Alberta and Alberta Health Services.
“We believe the upcoming round of bargaining will be a challenge unlike any we have seen before,” says AUPE President Guy Smith. “AUPE members expect Premier Danielle Smith’s government, and the several other employers it influences, to table aggressive rollbacks to our working conditions, which would negatively impact the services we provide for Albertans.”
AUPE is running five bargaining conferences for members this fall. The conferences are divided by the sectors in which members are employed, including government services, public and private health care, education, as well as boards, agencies, and municipalities.
Media is invited to attend the union’s public health care bargaining conference.
AUPE Public Health Care Bargaining Conference
10025 182 St NW, Edmonton
Tues., Sept. 19
8:45 a.m. or 12:15 p.m.
President Smith says the conferences will equip members with the skills to organize their co-workers and develop unified bargaining strategies across worksites.
“At the end of the day, it takes worker power to force employers to do the right thing,” he says. “We must strengthen our solidarity and create new, collective tactics in order to win what we deserve at the bargaining table.”
AUPE is western Canada’s largest union, standing approximately 95,000 members strong.
AUPE President Smith is available for interviews. Please contact:
Alexander Delorme, Communications Officer, at: email@example.com or 780-264-9274