What the AUPE wage reopener means on campus

This notice is from the archives of The Notice Board. Information contained in this notice was accurate at the time of publication but may no longer be so.

On Tuesday, October 29, 2019, the Government of Alberta publicly announced a new direction for key public sector groups, including post-secondary education, regarding wage reopener clauses within existing public sector contracts. This encompasses Alberta Union of Provincial Employees (AUPE) contracts in the Province of Alberta, including the current contract of AUPE Local 053 which is representative of support and service staff employees at the University of Lethbridge.

While the specific bargaining mandate for the U of L related to AUPE is provided by the Board of Governors, the Government of Alberta has identified a wage reopener position of two per cent reduction (-2%) to wages on-the-grid for the 2019-2020 fiscal year. The current AUPE contract is effective from July 1, 2017 through June 30, 2020. The contract enables a renegotiation of wages for members in this, the third and final year of the contract.

The University of Lethbridge and representatives of AUPE Local 053 will discuss this change and, in the interest of bargaining with each other in good faith, the University will not be providing additional public commentary at this time.

Currently, this affects only the AUPE contract at the U of L, and not the contracts of the University of Lethbridge Faculty Association (ULFA), or the status of Exempt Support Staff (ESS), Administrative Professional Officers (APO) or other University of Lethbridge employee groups.

AUPE members of the University are valued members of our University community and provide necessary support that is so important to the experience of our students, faculty, staff and the public.

Nancy Walker
Vice-President (Finance and Administration)


Trevor Kenney | trevor.kenney@uleth.ca | 403-329-2710