Convention 2013

  • Local 52 Cares About You!

    Spread the word! We're hosting an event exclusive to AUPE members on January 25th (Foothills campus), and January 31st/February 2nd (Main Campus), with free giveaways, refreshments, and de-stressing activities. Bring your colleagues and learn more about services and resources available to AUPE members. 

    You work hard. Let us treat you to a relaxing break over your lunch hour!

    Please bring your AUPE membership card or your AUPE member number to enter the event. If you're not sure what your AUPE member number is, simply call AUPE's Headquarters at 1-800-232-7284. 

    *Did You Know? Your membership card can get you amazing discounts across the province! 

  • CAC Labour Day Classic - Football!

    Calgary Area Council is offering tickets to the Labour Day Classic Football Game on September 5th, 2016.  Exclusive to Calgary Area AUPE membership! #whateverittakes

    Tickets for the first 1000 are $33/ea (includes at $10 concession voucher!).  Ticket requests beyond the first 1000 will be sold at $53/ea.  Sales end July 31st or when sold out (whichever comes first).

    You may request your tickets HERE.  

    You will be contacted following your form submission to connect with either Jessica Daigle ( or Donald Walker ( Cash will be collected before your ticket can be confirmed.  These requests will be based on first come first served (provide cash and your ticket is reserved).

    Should you prefer to mail in your request you may send your order to:  

    Margina Hoffman, Chinook PO Box 30081, Calgary, AB  T2H 2V8

  • Bill 4: Know Your Bargaining Rights

    Brothers and Sisters,

    You may have heard about the implementation of Bill 4 (Essential Services Legislation) that will have an impact on bargaining rights.

    Learn more by attending one of the Town Halls that AUPE has organized for us.  CLICK HERE for more information about when and where the Town Halls will be held.

    Know Your Bargaining Rights!

  • Cineplex Ticket Sales at the U of C! LIMITED!

    Use the following form to place your order for Cineplex tickets:

    Tickets are $7/ea (huge savings!)

    LIMIT of 10 tickets per member.

    For any questions please contact OR

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BBQ's 50/50 prize winners

Hello Local 52,

Well we had two very successful events once again. The weather did not let
us down which we always appreciate.

We collected 6 bins of food for the Campus Food Bank.
We collected $264.60 in donations for the Campus Food Bank.
Amazing generosity once again from our Local 52 Membership.

Now here are the number for the 50/50 you have been looking for.

Main Campus collected $767.00 of which 1/2 goes to the winner $383.50.
White Ticket 2334342
Contact Kevin Barry at the Union office to claim your prize. 220-4042

Foothills Campus collected $177.00 of which 1/2 goes to the winner $88.50.
Yellow Ticket 648762
Contact Justin Huseby at the Foothills Campus for your prize. 220-2442

A cheque on behalf of the Local will be going to the Campus food bank for a
total of $736.60.

Please watch our website for updated information on issues that may affect
you, events
that we are having, and communications from your Local. Please watch the
AUPE website
to keep up to date what is happening with your Union.

Kevin Barry
Your Local 52 Chair

Convention 2013

October 17 marked the start of AUPE’S 37th Annual Convention in Edmonton. The theme for the 37th annual convention was “we’re stronger when we work together”

“Together we will make sure we continue to move forward, grow stronger, and take on the issues we need to,” Smith told the nearly 1,100 delegates, life members and observers at the Shaw Conference Centre.

Speaking later, Smith added: “Services Albertans count on every day – from post-secondary education to seniors care and beyond – are systematically being dismantled by the Redford government. It is an attack, the likes of which we haven’t seen in years. We will be there to defend those services, stand up for Albertans and hold the government to its promises.”

Day one included the nomination for president, secretary –treasurer and the 6 Vice presidents positions. The evening activities included the bear pit in which each candidate had a chance to express their point of views and answer questions from delegates.

Day 2 started earl with all delegates each representing a 100 people voting for the highest elected positions in AUPE.  There were 833 delegates that were eligible to vote and 818 voted. In order to be elected the nomine had to receive at least 410 votes.

Guy smith was once again elected for a 3rd term as president with 687 votes to Lorrine Ellis 131 votes.

Former Vice-President Jason Heistad was elected as the new Executive Secretary-Treasurer with 457 votes to 361 for Bill Dechant

Five of the six incumbent Vice-Presidents were re-elected. They are: Glen Scott with 690 votes, Erez Raz 676 votes, Karen Weiers 651 votes, Susan Slade 508 votes and Carrie-Lynn Rusznak 488 votes.

Joining them is Mike Dempsey 530 votes, a long-time AUPE member and forest ranger with Alberta Sustainable Resource Development.

Those not elected were Jaime Urbina 341 votes, Shamanth Cooray 309 votes, Todd Ross 70 votes, Tonya Malo 223 votes, Danielle McMillan 161 votes and Pervis Fisher 61 votes.

The new Executive Committee will serve a two-year term.

The afternoon of day 2 concluded with a Rally at the Alberta legislature which was to help rally support to fight against the post-secondary cuts, stop the closure of long term care beds throughout Alberta, stopping the proposed changes to out pension plans and the contracting out lab services in the hospitals in the Edmonton area.

“Convention sets AUPE’s agenda for the coming year,” said AUPE President Guy Smith. “Delegates from every local and chapter in the union review financial records, vote on our annual budget, hear reports from committees and vote on resolutions that set the direction for the next 12 months.”

There was tons of debate on the floor and several important resolutions passed/or not passes. These included

1.       All of AUPE’s current standing committees remain instead of getting combined as proposed into a smaller committee structure.

2.       To lobby and confront the Governments actions to destroy both the Public Service Pension Plan (PSPP) and Local Authorities Pension Plan (LAPP)

3.       To push for language to be placed in the upcoming contract for all sectors to help prevent workers from bullying, harassment and violence. As well as to improve OH&S code

4.       To pressure government to look and make public the expenses to contract out jobs that are currently AUPE members

The other thing to note is that several of the resolution never made it to the floor to be discussed. It is and ongoing issue every year and only make it clear that we need to extend convention for another day to get all of the resolutions to the floor and voted on.

JP Arsenault

Vice Chair


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