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Yesterday, Court of Queen’s Bench Justice Eric Macklin ruled a suspension of the Alberta Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (Bill 9), legislation that postponed wage talks until October 30. The Alberta government will likely appeal the decision. By granting the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) an interim injunction against Bill 9, the ruling allows contractually agreed to arbitration talks for 65,000 AUPE members to proceed. Macklin wrote in the decision that “A member of…
I have requested that the University Administration provide additional information and further clarification regarding the report we received entitled “ Gender-based Pay Differences Amongst Faculty University of Alberta 2014-2017”, which I posted to AASUA members in an AASUA President’s message, dated June 28th. I have made this additional request to the University Administration in full, as presented to me by our members (names redacted), in a communication I received and that appears in the…
Dear AASUA Members
Further to my prior message to you, I attach the letter sent to the Minister of Labour by CAFA and its member Presidents of University Faculty Associations in the Province of Alberta, regarding Bill 9.
Bill 9 breaches negotiated collective agreements achieved in good faith between employers and unions. Also, Bill 9 represents direct interference by the government of Alberta in collective bargaining in this province and very likely violates employees’ Charter rights.
Many of you may have heard recently of the passing of Bill 9 in the Alberta Legislature. I would like to draw attention to this development and its significance. This Bill, known as the Public Sector Wage Arbitration Deferral Act (here), temporarily suspends arbitration processes and wage reopeners scheduled for this summer and fall, that should normally occur under provisions of numerous existing collective agreements negotiated in good faith, between public sector employers and unions. Bill 9…
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