Labour Relations Updates


Collective Bargaining Updates

February 12, 2021

The University of Calgary and AUPE, Local 52 bargaining committees commenced collective bargaining on February 9, 2021. The parties have had two days of collective bargaining to date (February 9-10, 2021) and plan to meet again on March 31, 2021 and April 1, 2021.

The parties have engaged in productive dialogue and signed-off a number of articles as amended during our first bargaining session. We continue to work together on those articles that remain open for negotiation, and look forward to continuing our progress towards a new collective agreement.

The terms and conditions of the current collective agreement (which expired on March 31, 2020) continue to apply until a new collective agreement is negotiated.

March 8, 2019

The University of Calgary and the Alberta Union of Provincial Employees, Local 052 (AUPE) have both ratified the tentative collective bargaining agreement reached on March 8, 2019.

Some key highlights of the new agreement include:

  • Two-year term from April 1, 2018 - March 31, 2020
  • No across-the-board increases
  • Clarified definition for Fixed-term employees and the ability to extend Limited-term appointments for up to an additional two years
  • Improvements to shift differential and weekend premiums
  • The addition of Easter Monday as a paid holiday beginning in 2020
  • Improved travel time for bereavement and family illness when long distance travel is required;
  • ½ day off with pay for an Employee to attend their citizenship ceremony
  • Top-up benefits for birthfathers who are the primary caregiver
  • Improvements to Extended Health premiums and Flexible Spending Account
  • New Workplace Health and Safety provisions that ensure compliance with OHS Act
  • Adjustments to the General Job Family Phases 1, 2 and 3 to accommodate the new Alberta minimum wage
  • 20 days of vacation accrual after five (5) years of service instead of after six (6) years of service
  • Streamlined processes and entitlements for employees on redeployment
  • A process to review excluded positions and transition them in to the bargaining unit as appropriate
  • A process to review and address workload concerns.

The following are links to additional resources:

June 15, 2018

The University of Calgary and AUPE, Local 52 bargaining committees commenced collective bargaining on April 23, 2018. The parties have had four days of collective bargaining to date (April 23 and 24 and May 28 and 29) and plan to meet again on June 21 and 22.

The parties have engaged in productive dialogue and managed to sign-off a number of articles as closed or amended. We continue to work together on those articles that remain open for negotiation. In light of recent changes to Alberta employment legislation, any contemplated amendments must be carefully considered in the context of new employment standards. Negotiations in this round are therefore quite nuanced and will likely require a number of bargaining dates to work through various layers of complexity.

We look forward to continuing our progress with AUPE next week.

April 9, 2018

The current collective agreement between the University of Calgary and AUPE, Local 52 expired on March 31, 2018. The bargaining committees have tentatively agreed to commence collective bargaining on April 23, 2018. The terms and conditions of the current collective agreement will continue to apply until a new collective agreement is negotiated.


Workplace Accommodation Policy and Procedure Roll-out

Sept. 19, 2018

The university is committed to ensuring an inclusive working environment that is free from discrimination. In support of our continued efforts to arrange meaningful workplace accommodations, we are pleased to introduce the Workplace Accommodation Policy and Procedure. Visit the Workplace Accommodation page for more information and resources. 


Legislative Updates

On May 4, 2017, the Government of Alberta passed Bill 7: An Act to Enhance Post-secondary Academic Bargaining. This legislation amends the Labour Relations Code and the Post-Secondary Learning Act.  Some key changes include:

  • Bringing academic staff under the Labour Relations Code
  • Creating postdoctoral fellows associations
  • Extending the right to strike (and lockout) to academic staff associations, graduate student associations, and postdoctoral students
  • Requiring post-secondary institutions to negotiate essential services agreements.

On June 7, 2017, the Government of Alberta passed Bill 17:  The Fair and Family-friendly Workplaces Act.  This piece of legislation amends the Employment Standards Code and the Labour Relations Code, neither of which had been significantly updated for almost 30 years.


Leaves

Information and processes regarding leaves has been updated.