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    Arbitration

    Arbitration is a proceeding in which a dispute is resolved by an impartial adjudicator whose decision the parties to the dispute have agreed, or legislation has decreed, will be final and binding.

    AUPE Provincial Government Sector

    Approximately 23,000 of AUPE’s members are direct employees of the Government of Alberta. A Master Agreement covers all members of this group, and individual Subsidiary Agreements deal with the special occupational requirements of members of each of the sector’s nine locals.

    AUPE Health Care Sector

    Approximately 36,000 members of the Health Care Sector are employed by the Alberta Health Services “superboard” as well as continuing-care employers in the public, not-for-profit and private sectors. Members in this sector work mostly in Auxiliary Nursing Care and General Support Services, and are employed in Acute Care, Long Term Care, Mental Health and Community Health roles in every corner of Alberta.

    AUPE Education Sector

    Approximately 9,000 AUPE members work as non-academic staff for 14 Alberta universities, technical institutes and community colleges, plus three school districts. Examples include employees of NAIT and SAIT, the Universities of Calgary, Lethbridge and Athabasca, the Alberta College of Art and Design and the Edmonton Catholic Separate School District.

    AUPE Boards, Agencies and Local Governments Sector

    Approximately 5,000 AUPE members are employed by such boards, agencies and local governments as the Alberta Research Council, the Alberta Gaming and Liquor Commission, ATB Financial and the County of Strathcona

    Anti-Privatization Committee

    Anti-Privatization Committee promotes education of members and the public on privatization and contracting-out.

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      Chapter

      Large and geographically spread-out locals are often divided into chapters to make bargaining and contract administration easier. Some large locals at one worksite are divided into chapters for administrative reasons. Each chapter has a democratically elected executive..

      CAC

      Calgary Area CouncilArea Councils are set up geographically to serve the social needs of AUPE members. They are financed by AUPE headquarters to organize curling bonspiels, Christmas parties, picnics and other social activities. Local 039 belongs to Calgary Area Council.

      Calgary Area Counci

      Area Councils are set up geographically to serve the social needs of AUPE members. They are financed by AUPE headquarters to organize curling bonspiels, Christmas parties, picnics and other social activities. Local 039 belongs to Calgary Area Council.

      Collective Agreement

      Collective agreements are the legally binding contracts between a group of workers (the union) and an employer, outlining the benefits agreed upon by both parties during the bargaining periods.

      Collective agreements set out such things as: Guaranteed wages and overtime pay; Sick leave and long-term disability insurance; ; Layoff and recall rights; Health benefits, dental plans and general insurance; Maternity, parental and adoption leave; Vacations and working hours.

      Committees

      AUPE has 13 Standing Committees. Each Committee shall have no more than nine (9) members including the Chair. Each Standing Committee shall make recommendations to the Provincial Executive in accordance with their prescribed duties.

      Each Union Committee shall review legislation and government policy, applicable to the terms of reference of the committee, affecting the Union and its members and make recommendations to the Provincial Executive.

      Committee on Political Action

      Committee on Political Action promotes education and social action on matters of political concern.

      COPA

      Committee on Political Action promotes education and social action on matters of political concern.

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      Dues

      AUPE is financed by all of us, the members who enjoy the benefits of an AUPE collective agreement and union representation. Each of us pays 1.25 per cent of our basic salary to AUPE in the form of tax-deductible union dues. This rate, which is lower than that paid by most members of other unions in Alberta, may only be amended by a two-thirds vote of delegates at Convention. AUPE members do not pay dues on overtime or premium payments.

       

      Discounts

      AUPE has arrangements with many businesses — from hotels to insurance companies, auto dealers to cellular phone service providers — that offer significant savings to AUPE members. A list of businesses offering discounts can be found on www.aupe.org.

      Direct Impact

      Direct Impact is the union's quarterly magazine and has a circulation of more than 80,000

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      EMAC

      The EMAC Committee is a joint Employee Management Advisory Committee convened to review, discuss and recommend matters referred by or of concern to either Party relating to the Collective Agreement.

      The EMAC will comprise a maximum of six representatives; three (3) representative  of  Local 039: and three (3) representative of SAIT. The parties may each appoint alternates to serve in the event of absence of a representative.

      Employee Management Advisory Committee

      The EMAC Committee is a joint Employee Management Advisory Committee convened to review, discuss and recommend matters referred by or of concern to either Party relating to the Collective Agreement.

      The EMAC will comprise a maximum of six representatives; three (3) representative  of  Local 039: and three (3) representative of SAIT. The parties may each appoint alternates to serve in the event of absence of a representative.

      Environment Committee

      Environment Committee promotes awareness of environmental issues

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      Finance Committee

      Finance Committee advises on the administration and finances of AUPE, and ensures proper records are kept.

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      Human Rights Committee

      Human Rights Committee promotes awareness and supports action on issues related to human rights.

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            Labour School

             Labour School is a four-day intensive advanced labour education seminar held every year. It offers AUPE activists four-day courses in advanced topics, such as Labour History, Occupational Health and Safety Advocate 3, Duty to Accommodate  and Union Steward 3. The courses are intended for members that have taken either one- or two-day AUPE-sponsored courses and are active in their Chapter or Local.

             

            Local

            AUPE is organized into locals to aid collective bargaining and contract administration. Locals are administrative components of the union. Members of some locals work at one location in a variety of jobs. Other AUPE locals encompass a large number of employees who share a “community of interest” across the province or a region. Still others represent employees doing similar work at many worksites, often with several collective agreements.

            Labour Relations

            While the front line of defence for union members in the workplace is the Union Steward, all AUPE members have access to our full-time union staff. AUPE’s labour relations staff members are trained to solve problems in a wide range of areas, including interpreting contracts, handling grievances and assisting with return-to-work and Workers Compensation issues. They have the legal and technical expertise to make sure employers observe the terms of your collective agreement, and to represent you in grievance hearings when a mutually satisfactory agreement to a dispute cannot be reached. They also have specific expertise with worksite safety issues. If you have a safety concern, you should immediately contact your worksite health and safety representative or a Membership Services Officer.

            Legislative Committee advises on the Constitution, policies of AUPE and related legislative issues

            Legislative Committee advises on the Constitution, policies of AUPE and related legislative issues

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            MSO

            Union Representatives hired by AUPE as Membership Services Officers to do General Servicing, Education and Labour Relations for our members. Among their areas of expertise are : interpreting contracts, benefit plan problems, handling grievances, issues concerning a return to work program, pensions and many other employment issues that may arise.

            Membership Services Officer

            Union Representatives hired by AUPE as Membership Services Officers to do General Servicing, Education and Labour Relations for our members. Among their areas of expertise are : interpreting contracts, benefit plan problems, handling grievances, issues concerning a return to work program, pensions and many other employment issues that may arise.

            Member's Benefits Fund

            Sometimes an AUPE member faces an emergency that qualifies for last-resort financial assistance from the union. The Members’ Benefits Benevolent Fund, administered by a committee of AUPE members, was created to help with such dire situations. If you face an emergency that requires financial assistance, you can seek help from the fund by approaching your Union Steward or a Membership Services Officer. Only they can submit requests for assistance. The committee considers each application in strict confidence.

            A list of our Stewards and Membership Services Officer is located on the bottom of our web pages.

            Members’ Benefits Committee

            Members’ Benefits Committee administers the Members’ Benefits Benevolent Fund for members in temporary or urgent distress, as well as the Members’ Education Assistance Fund.

            Membership Services Committee

            Membership Services Committee advises on matters relating to the delivery of services to members and promotes the training of union members and stewards.

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            Negotiations

            The principal job of AUPE is to negotiate collective agreements. AUPE has been bargaining contracts for years, and has the experts and experience to get the best possible deals. Wage increases, hours of work, overtime pay, statutory holidays, sick leave, pensions, health benefits, layoff and recall rules — all these and many more benefits are won through the negotiation process. And it’s you, the members, who decide AUPE’s bargaining goals and priorities.

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            President (AUPE)

            The President shall be the Chief Executive Officer of the Union. There is only one President in AUPE throughout Alberta.

            Provincial Executive

            The Provincial Executive, made up of the Executive Committee and one elected member from each of AUPE's more than 32 Locals, is the governing body of AUPE between Conventions. The Provincial Executive, commonly known as the PE, meets at least sic (6) times a year to conduct the business of the Union.

            Pay & Social Equity Committee

            Pay & Social Equity Committee educates members, lobbies and conducts research on matters related to pay equity. 

            Pension Committee

            Pension Committee concerns itself with issues related to members’ pensions

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                Steward

                Union Stewards are union activists who are trained to help union members resolve a wide range of problems and issues with their employers, and to enforce contracts in your interest. Their key job is to make sure your employer lives up to the terms of your collective agreement. Union Stewards are prepared to assist you if you feel you have been the victim of harassment, unfair discipline or if your employer has been ignoring provisions of your collective agreement to deny you benefits to which you are entitled. Get to know the Union Stewards in your workplace. Never hesitate to bring your concerns to them. This is your right under all AUPE collective agreements. Remember that your Union Steward is your first line of defence if there should ever be a problem related to your employment.

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                  Union Steward

                  Union Stewards are union activists who are trained to help union members resolve a wide range of problems and issues with their employers, and to enforce contracts in your interest. Their key job is to make sure your employer lives up to the terms of your collective agreement. Union Stewards are prepared to assist you if you feel you have been the victim of harassment, unfair discipline or if your employer has been ignoring provisions of your collective agreement to deny you benefits to which you are entitled. Get to know the Union Stewards in your workplace. Never hesitate to bring your concerns to them. This is your right under all AUPE collective agreements. Remember that your Union Steward is your first line of defence if there should ever be a problem related to your employment.

                  Union

                  Unions are made up of working people who have joined together to deal with employers as a group about issues like wages, benefits and conditions of work. When an effective bargaining relationship is established with an employer, both employees and employers benefit. Employees negotiate with the strength of numbers behind them. Employers gain the benefit of a stable labour-relations environment.

                   

                  Union Dues

                  AUPE is financed by all of us, the members who enjoy the benefits of an AUPE collective agreement and union representation. Each of us pays 1.25 per cent of our basic salary to AUPE in the form of tax-deductible union dues. This rate, which is lower than that paid by most members of other unions in Alberta, may only be amended by a two-thirds vote of delegates at Convention. AUPE members do not pay dues on overtime or premium payments

                   

                  Union Education

                  AUPE runs an extensive union education program that benefits hundreds of members each year. AUPE teaches three levels of Union Steward skills, contract interpretation, occupational health and safety, union officer training, organizing and many other topics. AUPE also holds a week-long Labour Education School in Jasper or Kananaskis each year for more than 200 active members. AUPE’s education program is recognized as among the best offered by a union anywhere in Canada.

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                      YAC

                       

                      The Young Activists Committee is a group of members that support our younger members to share common issues, interests, and concerns as younger workers, and to provide a forum to raise their issues and concerns

                      Young Activists Committee

                      Young Activists Committee advises on matters of concern to youth and union members under 30 years of age.

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