I know this is a busy time of year for you, given that you are wrapping up your Fall term assignments and preparing for final exams. However, I want to provide an update to you on the current status of negotiations and mediation between the University and AUPE 053.
The University and AUPE jointly entered into mediation on November 24–25, 2022, and an agreement was not reached during this process. As mediation has not been successful, a “cooling-off” period of 14 days has begun and the parties are permitted to continue to try to reach an agreement during this period. At the conclusion of the cooling-off period, AUPE may hold a strike vote.
Here is some additional information I hope is helpful:
Which ULethbridge employees are members of AUPE Local #053?
Student recruitment officers, many academic advisors, many employees who provide services in Student Enrolment, Registrar Services and the Library, EAP teachers, some IT employees, some scholarships and financial aid employees, caretaking employees, and other colleagues who provide important frontline services to students and maintain the University’s facilities.
Examples of ULethbridge employees who are not members of AUPE #053.
Mental health counsellors in Counselling Services, physicians in the Health Centre, librarians, professors, instructors, and all managers are not members of AUPE. These employees would continue with their job duties in the event of an AUPE labour disruption.
We remain hopeful that through good faith negotiations on both sides, a new collective agreement can be achieved. Future updates regarding this negotiation process will be shared at ulethbridge.ca/bargaining.
Brief updates will also be provided in upcoming weekly ULethbridge Connect student newsletters sent to your inbox on Thursdays.
Wishing you much success and well-being as you wrap up the Fall 2022 term.