AUPE remains active in the labour movement and in provincial affairs in Alberta. In the fall of 2007, she campaigned hard to push for changes to Alberta`s labour laws, which prohibit strikes by most AUPE members. Despite these prohibitions, AUPE members have seized illegal strikes on several occasions to assert their demands for collective agreements. The agreement signed by AUPE and the Public Service Commissioner states that both parties recognize “the seriousness of the public health emergency” and “the immediacy of the risks to all Albertans.” Between 1997 and 2006, the AUPE was rebuilt. While membership continued to decline in the early years of the decade, the framework conditions eventually reversed. A booming economy, with a growing labour shortage, has provided a much better climate for organization and negotiations. AUPE used its collective muscles in illegal but effective work actions and began to attract an unprecedented number of new members through mergers and organizations. Among the historical milestones of the CSA are: pensions in 1923. Group life insurance 1934. 1947 Check-off of contributions.
Mileage in 1948. A 40-hour week in 1955. Four weeks of vacation after 24 years in 1956. Classification appeal procedure in 1957. CSA`s first agreement with a board of directors in 1958 – for Department 23 of the University of Alberta Hospital. Half of which was paid by the employer in 1967. New legislation recognized by the CSA in 1968 as the sole negotiator of Crown staff as well as certain boards of directors and agencies. The letter to Smith said that when the jobs protection agreement expires, the government would use “all available options” under the collective agreement to support the government`s plan to balance the budget by 2022-23.
The union and the government on Tuesday signed a memorandum of understanding to extend job security provisions until the end of June. Negotiations for a new collective agreement have also been frozen until the end of June. AUPE asked Albertans to sign letters to their members of the legislature saying they wanted the legislature to pass new laws that would guarantee the rights of all workers to fair and comprehensive collective bargaining. AUPE originated from the Civil Services Association of Alberta, established in 1919 to represent “public servants,” as they were then called direct employees of the Alberta government. In 1977 it became a legal union with the power to conduct collective bargaining. Since 2014, AUPE has 33 Indigenous people and manages more than 120 separate collective agreements. The union employs more than 100 people at its head office in Edmonton and in several regional offices in municipalities across the province of Alberta, including Peace River, Grande Prairie, Athabasca, Camrose, Red Deer, Calgary and Lethbridge. The new collective agreements are not related to the layoffs announced Saturday in the field of education.
The government took advantage of the weakening of the AUPE and opened negotiations in 1994 by announcing flat-rate cuts of 5% in the government service, as well as boards of directors and agencies that depended on the government for funding. . . .