The Alberta University of the Arts in Calgary. Image: Twitter/Alberta University of the Arts
David J. Climenhaga | The panel rejected an employer demand for a two-per-cent pay roll-back, and instead ordered that non-academic staff at eight institutions receive a one per cent pay increase.
Guy Smith, president of the AUPE, addresses the media outside of the Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton (Image: Courtesy of
David J. Climenhaga | Infuriated at the Kenney government's determination to lay off public sector health-care workers and privatize their jobs, members of the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees walked off the job.
Alberta Minister of Health Tyler Shandro pictured in May 2020. Image: Alberta Newsroom/Flickr
Chelsea Nash | Alberta union leaders are in daily communication with one another, something they say is beyond the norm.
AUPE president Guy Smith. Image: Submitted
Chelsea Nash | In conversation with AUPE president Guy Smith about how his union is handling legislative challenges to union and worker power.
The Alberta legislature in Edmonton. Image: Jeff Wallace/Flickr
David J. Climenhaga | A roundup of Alberta news stories you may have missed.
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees president Guy Smith. Image: David J. Climenhaga
David J. Climenhaga | Don't game the system, Justin Trudeau warns companies. Unfortunately, there's not much the prime minister can do about Conservative-run provincial governments trying to game federal supports.
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Marc Belanger, C. Marie Ainsborough, Derek Blackadder | RadioLabour's Canada Report: The Alberta government wants to steal one percent in wages from its workers. And more.
Alberta Union of Provincial Employees President Guy Smith last night in the basement of Edmonton’s First Presbyterian Church, where public sector trade unionism got its start in Alberta 100 years earlier. Photo: David J. Climenhaga.
David J. Climenhaga | The struggle to protect the fundamental rights of working people to bargain collectively for their own good and the good of society continues today.
AUPE members on strike, in July 1980 in defiance of premier Peter Lougheed’s no-strike legislation (Photo: Alberta Union of Provincial Employees).
David J. Climenhaga | While details are still scarce, this agreement with AUPE seems unlikely to give the opposition very much to get its critics' teeth into.
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David J. Climenhaga | "Public sector bargaining is one of the progressive left's proudest achievements in Canada," Brian Topp once observed. "It is also perhaps our greatest gift to the political right."
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Alberta Finance Minister Joe Ceci at Friday's newser (Screenshot of GoA video)
David J. Climenhaga | Some of the costly flaws of Alberta's Agencies, Boards and Commissions Sector are a hangover from the days it served as a green pasture for semi-retired Tory warhorses.