Supreme Court Ruling

  • 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. 

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  • 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 (jessica.daigle2@gmail.com) or Donald Walker (walkerdg@ucalgary.ca). 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!


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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.

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that we are having, and communications from your Local. Please watch the
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Kevin Barry
Your Local 52 Chair
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Supreme Court Ruling

AUPE to scrutinize Alberta labour laws in wake of Supreme Court ruling

Posted January 30, 2015 in Government Services

Alberta’s largest union welcomes the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision to strike down a Saskatchewan law severely restricting workers’ right to strike.

“This ruling calls into question all kinds of existing legislation here in Alberta,” said Edmonton lawyer Patrick Nugent, who serves as outside counsel for the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees. “We’ll be reviewing it very carefully in the coming weeks to see how it applies here.”

The ruling strikes down Saskatchewan’s essential services legislation, which severely limited public sector employees’ right to strike. AUPE intervened in support of the position ultimately adopted by the Court and made oral submissions at the hearing.

The Supreme Court ruling says, “The right to strike is not merely derivative of collective bargaining, it is an indispensable component of that right. It seems to me to be the time to give this conclusion constitutional benediction.” (para. 3)

It also states: “The fact that a service is provided exclusively through the public sector does not inevitably lead to the conclusion that it is properly considered ‘essential’. In some circumstances, the public may well be deprived of a service as a result of strike action without being deprived of any essential service at all that would justifiably limit the ability to strike during negotiations.” (para. 85)

The court determined that the legislation violated the Charter right to freedom of association.

The majority of public sector workers in Alberta, including direct government employees, health care workers and post-secondary employees, currently do not have the right to strike.

“The right to strike is constitutionally protected in Canada,” said Nugent. “Some governments try to get around this by imposing sweeping legislation declaring ‘essential services.’ This ruling sets a higher threshold for what can be declared essential and establishes that even when a prohibition on striking is justifiable, there must be a fair, meaningful mechanism for resolving disputes.”

He added: “a truly fair and equitable process would be unlikely to include legislated terms and conditions such as wage freezes or rollbacks.”

 

Right now the University Of Calgary is deemed to be a ESSENTIAL SERVICE and we are not legally allowed to strike

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