Alberta government reaches tentative 3-year deal with AUPE
Alberta’s largest union has reached a tentative deal with the provincial government on a new contract.
Details of the three-year agreement for 23,000 Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) members were not released.
A mail-in ratification vote is planned over the next few weeks and if approved by members the agreement would expire on March 31, 2020.
Finance Minister Joe Ceci thanked negotiators on both sides.
“I want to thank negotiators for the Government and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees for their hard work in reaching a tentative agreement,” he said in a statement. “I also want to thank the mediator, Andy Sims, for his efforts in supporting the parties through the negotiation process.
“We respect the ratification process in which the AUPE will now engage with its members.”
“After close to a year and a half of bargaining and mediation, we’re pleased a tentative agreement was reached with the assistance of mediator Andy Sims that both sides find acceptable,” AUPE vice-president Karen Weiers said in a statement.
Along with this deal, the government has reached agreements with the Alberta Teachers’ Association, Health Sciences Association of Alberta and the United Nurses of Alberta.
Negotiations continue on contracts that cover Alberta Health Services workers.
The AUPE is Alberta’s largest union and represents over 93,000 members across the province.
–With files from Global News’ Phil Heidenreich
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