Pension Information Meetings

  • September 22 Voting Day

    On September 22nd is your chance to come out and vote for the new tentative agreement. Please encourage and bring a co-worker with you. This is your chance to voice and show your support and right to vote.

    Below is a list of times and locations of the voting stations, If you have any other questions on the new contract there will be AUPE Local 52 Council members manning the stations that will have highlights and can answer questions, a copy of the tentative agreement is on the website on the home page near the top and was sent out to all the members via email on the AUPE-L mailing list.

    Science Theaters Foyer
    06:00  - 18:00

    Kinesiology Atrium
    06:00  - 16:30

    HRIC Atrium
    06:00  - 17:00

    Kannanaskis

    08:00  - 09:00

    Spy Hill

    10:30  - 13:00

    Down Town Campus
    08:30  - 10:30

    Physical Plant
    11:30  - 13:00

    Olympic Volunteer Center
    13:30  - 14:30

    Edmonton HQ

    08:30 - 16:30


     

  • Tentative Agreement (TA) information sessions

    Hello Local 52,

    Today Wednesday September 9th we are in Kinesiology (KN) with the
    Electronic Grey Card
    updating program. We will be in the hallway asking for you to update your
    information with
    AUPE. Please stop by and say hi. 08:30a.m.-4:30p.m. (16:30).

    Today September 9th will be our Tentative Agreement (TA) information
    sessions on Main Campus.
    12:00-1:00p.m. (13:00) EEEL161
    9:00p.m.-10:00p.m. (21:00-22:00) ST 143

    Tomorrow September 10th we will be in HRIC Atrium from 08:30-4:30p.m.
    (16:30) for the Electronic Grey Card updating so be sure to stop by and
    see us there.

    As well tomorrow September 10th we will hold the Foothills Campus TA
    information sessions in Theatre Three.
    12:00-1:00p.m. (13:00)
    9:00p.m.-10:00p.m. (21:00-22:00)

    Voting for the Tentative Agreement will be held Tuesday September 22nd.
    Details to follow.

    Hope to see you there.
    Kevin Barry
    Your Local 52 Chair
    Your Local Bargaining Committee Chair


  • Bargaining Tentative Agreement

    Hello Local 52,

    On August 24th we met with the Employer and were able to sign a Tentative Agreement. (TA)
    Information sessions are planned for the following dates and locations.

    Main Campus
    Wednesday September 9th 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. (12:00-13:00) EEEL 161
    Wednesday September 9th 9:00p.m.-10:00p.m. (21:00-22:00) ST 143

    Foothills Campus
    Thursday September 10th 12:00p.m.-1:00p.m. (12:00-13:00) Theatre 3
    Thursday September 10th 09:00p.m.-10:00p.m. (21:00-22:00) Theatre 3

    Below is a summary of the major highlights of the agreement but does not give all the
    changes which are incorporated in the new Collective Agreement. (CA)

    Attached is the full CA for you to look at. It will have strike throughs of things that have changed and
    bolding as well. No need to worry it is left in to help see the changes in the agreement.

    Space is limited in EEEL 161 but was the only large room available at the time we needed.

    Voting is planned to take place on Tuesday September 22nd. Please stay tuned for further
    information regarding this.

    On behalf of your Local 52 Bargaining Committee
    Kevin Barry

    Summary of Tentative Agreement *

    2%, 2.25%, and 2.25% across the board salary increases over 3 year term April 1, 2015 – March 31, 2018 *

    One-time 1% lump sum payment in exchange for the reduction of the annual merit increment from 3.25% to 3.0% *

    Introduce a mid-year re-evaluation for those who have had the increment withheld *

    Increase weekend premiums by $0.25 upon ratification to $1.50 , and $0.25 to $$1.75 effective April 1, 2016 *

    Increase shift differential premiums by $0.25 to $2.00 upon ratification *

    Increase caps of benefit premium contributions for extended health by $3 single and $7 family, dental by $3 single and $7 family. *

    Employees with 16 consecutive years of service completed will now qualify for five (5) weeks of vacation per year *

    Reduce appointment time with pay from 2.5 hours to 2 hours and confirm that medical information will be strictly confidential that shall be kept separate from any central HR file (Staff Wellness) *

    Increase paid union leave for the Chief Steward by an additional two days/week. Now will be five (5) days/week. *

    Separate the Collective Agreement into three parts (Part A Common, Part B Operating and Part C Fixed Term) to clarify what terms apply to each group *

    Incorporate language committing to a respectful and harassment-free workplace * Introduce an informal step in the grievance process to promote early resolutions *

    Electronic bulletin boards in six (6) locations for Union communication


  • BBQ 50/50 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
    http://local052.aupe.ca/
    http://www.aupe.org/


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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
http://local052.aupe.ca/
http://www.aupe.org/


Pension Information Meetings

Calgary Pension Information Meetings

Wednesday November 20, 2013 → 1 p.m. - 2 p.m.
Red and White Club → 1833 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

Thursday November 21, 2013 → 7 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Red and White Club → 1833 Crowchild Trail NW, Calgary

HOW IS MY PENSION BEING ATTACKED?

Contribution rates & benefit reductions
Current contribution rates for the pension plans are high. But current contribution rates address the pensions’ unfunded liabilities. Higher rates were set to catch up the plans after the global stock market crashes in 2000 and 2008, and ensure you receive the full benefit you were promised. These rates are set to begin decreasing in 2018.

Alison Redford and her government plan to cap contribution rates near present values. If there is another market crash, benefit reductions are the only way they can address a shortfall. The government hasn’t explained this part of their plan, but it means significant cuts to everyone in the plan, possibly including current pensioners, and major cuts to any benefits earned after 2015.

Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA)

Currently, plan benefits automatically increase benefits to cover 60% of the growth in the cost of living. The Redford government’s plan will only cover 50% of the growth in the cost of living, and only if the plan finances are deemed sufficient. That means COLA can be suspended entirely if financial targets aren’t met. And nobody knows what those financial targets will be. The cost to your pension can add up quickly: if the cost of living rises by 2.5% annually, five years of suspended COLA would reduce your benefit by 13%.
The end of the “85 factor”
Your pension plan currently allows you to retire with a full benefit upon accumulating at combined total of 85 years of experience and years working. The changes planned by Alison Redford and her government would end this benefit and subject an individual with 25 years work behind them, who is retiring at age 60, to significant penalties to their benefits for service after 2015. Worse yet, their plan will increase those early retirement penalties.

Increased penalties for early retirement

Currently you can retire with your full, accumulated benefit at age 60 if you have worked and paid into the plan for 25 years. Without 25 years in the plan, you pay a penalty of 3% for each year retirement before age 65. Those penalties will increase dramatically for any benefits earned after 2015 due to the changes the Redford government has planned. On separate occasions the government has said the penalties will increase to 4.5% or 6% per year.

What is AUPE doing?

AUPE is mounting legal challenges against this attack on your pension, but it would be foolish for you or your union to count on this approach succeeding. A union’s greatest strength is always members who are willing to take action. We are strongest when we work together.

Our best hope to stop this attack on pensions is if members like you all speak up. If we can convince the government there will be political consequences in the next election, or that a significant members could leave their jobs if the changes go through, we can win this fight.

Sending a letter to your MLA from the AUPE homepage is the first step. Workplace action is the next. Count on seeing more activity in your workplace in the coming months. If you want to help, sign up as a workplace contact by visiting www.aupe.org/update-me/.