June /2018- BARGAINING UPDATE: Mediation begins

Mediation begins

On June 15 and 16, your Government Services Bargaining Committee (GSBC) began mediation with the Government of Alberta. Ongoing efforts were made to successfully conclude negotiations on a new collective agreement for AUPE members in direct government services.

Overall, the level of engagement with the employer over the two days was encouraging. We’re pleased a number of key outstanding issues were mediated and progress was made.

The mediated items are part of an overall mediation package. Information on the entire package will be shared with members upon its completion.

We look forward to further positive discussions when mediation resumes.

Fundamental issues of employment security remain unresolved and further mediation will be scheduled in the near future to continue the process.

Andrew Sims, a well-respected and experienced labour relations mediator, conducted the mediation, which is the result of the employer’s application for mediation made earlier this month.

Your bargaining committee is dedicated to keeping you updated as the negotiations process, through mediation, proceeds.

Please do not hesitate to contact a member of your bargaining team with any questions or comments you may have.