AUPE members vote to ratify deal with Alberta government
EDMONTON – Members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees voted Tuesday to ratify a four-year collective agreement with the government of Alberta.
Members of Alberta’s largest public-sector union made the decision on the agreement reached with the government in April via a mail-in ballot count.
— AUPE (@_AUPE_) June 24, 2014
The AUPE says the agreement will see improvements to “wages, vacations, indemnity protection, increased shift and weekend pay, improved special leave, and improved overtime provisions.”
The union also says the agreement “features stronger contract language that improves the grievance procedure and provides full recourse to members facing harassment and discrimination in the workplace.”
“We’re pleased a negotiated agreement was reached that both sides find acceptable,” said AUPE President Guy Smith. “Given the recent history of these negotiations and the creation of Bill 46, being able to vote on this agreement is a victory for our members.”
The AUPE says the decision comes after “after 16 months of difficult negotiations.”
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